NTSB Identification: DFW08LA206
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 17, 2008 in Mountain Grove, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/2009
Aircraft: Balloon Works Firefly 7-15, registration: N90897
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

A non-certificated balloon pilot made a tethered balloon flight. During the ascent, a propane leak and fire broke out on-board. The fire caused one of the propane tanks to explode. At an altitude of approximately 80 feet, the pilot jumped to escape the burning craft. The balloon's basket then separated from the envelope and fell to the ground. When ground handlers went to aid the pilot, a second propane tank exploded, causing serious burn injuries to one of the participants. A reason for the propane leak was not determined.

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

An on-board fire following a propane leak. Contributing to the accident was the lack of training/experience of the non-certificated pilot.

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