NTSB Identification: CEN12CA347
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 06, 2012 in Sellersburg, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/2012
Aircraft: CAMERON BALLOONS Z-90, registration: N401DJ
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,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.

Passengers in the balloon reported that the balloon initially landed in an unmowed field that wasn't easily accessible by ground vehicles. They reported that the pilot decided to move the balloon to an adjacent field. The passengers noted that there was a fence and power lines that had to be crossed to get to the field. There were 3 lines on the power line poles, 2 of which were thinner and not as visible. The passengers reported that the balloon was traveling into the setting sun and that they believed the pilot only saw the lower, more visible power line. The passengers reported that when the balloon struck the power line a large arc ensued, and the pilot was thrown rearward into one of the passengers. The pilot was unconscious, and the passengers were able to deflate the balloon with verbal assistance from the ground crew. The pilot reported that he has no memory of the accident after the initial landing. Postaccident inspection of the balloon revealed no preimpact defects and minor damage.

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

The balloon pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from power lines.

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