NTSB Identification: ERA09CA276
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 26, 2009 in Louisville, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2009
Aircraft: ARBC INC DBA LINDSTRAND 60X, registration: N877LX
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 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 pilot of the balloon located a landing area after completing a racing event. The pilot stated that he briefed the passenger prior to the landing to hold on to the basket handles. The pilot positioned himself in the front of the basket, with the passenger behind him. The landing was a normal, "stand-up landing." The passenger lost her grip from the handles and she consequently pitched forward as they bumped the ground and came to a stop. The passenger complained that her ankle hurt as she exited the basket. At first it was believed the passenger suffered a sprained ankle. A medical evaluation, 2 days later, discovered a fracture above the ankle.

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

The passenger's inadequate bracing during landing.

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