NTSB Identification: DFW05LA125.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 18, 2005 in Shreveport, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Aerostar International Inc. S53A, registration: N699WH
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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While flying over a residential area, the balloon struck electrical power lines approximately 60 feet above ground level (agl). Subsequently, the balloon was observed by witnesses ascending to an altitude of approximately 2,000 feet, with the basket of the balloon engulfed in flames. The balloon drifted for approximately two miles before gradually descending and coming to rest in a parking lot.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from electrical power lines.

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