NTSB Identification: IAD05CA141.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 24, 2005 in Louisville, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: Lindstrand Balloons 77A, registration: N4024P
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The ground crewman grabbed onto the basket of the balloon upon landing. As she did so, her feet slipped from under her on the wet grass, and the balloon lifted into the air. When the basket of the balloon reached about 8 feet above the ground, the crewman lost her grip, fell to the ground, and was seriously injured. The crewman stated that she held onto the basket only because she had lost her footing.

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

The ground crewman's failure to release the basket of the balloon when it resumed flight during the landing phase. A factor in the accident was the wet grass at the landing site.

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