NTSB Identification: ERA10CA462
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 01, 2010 in Hanover, NH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/11/2011
Aircraft: HEAD BALLOONS INC AX9 118, registration: n2267U
Injuries: 1 Serious,6 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 stated that he was conducting a sightseeing flight just prior to sunset when the balloon encountered updrafts. He elected to land in the back yard of a private residence and initiated a descent. He allowed the basket of the balloon to contact the top of the trees to slow down his forward momentum, in an effort to make the landing area. Upon clearing the trees, he observed powerlines in the vicinity and aborted the landing. The pilot immediately selected another backyard for his touchdown point. He observed another large tree and allowed the basket to contact the tree and the basket descended upright next to the tree. The canopy received a minor tear and one passenger sustained a fractured wrist during the landing.

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

The balloon's encounter with an updraft, resulting in an immediate landing and an intentional collision with a tree.

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