NTSB Identification: CEN13CA018
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/2012
Aircraft: ARBC INC DBA LINDSTRAND 90A, registration: N230LB
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 pilot of the balloon stated that at the conclusion of the local flight, he was making an approach for landing near a field. At 15 feet above the ground, the pilot pulled out the top of the balloon and landed without a bounce. The balloon then dragged across the ground for 20 feet and came to rest. Prior to landing, the passengers were briefed for a possible hard landing. The pilot noticed that one passenger did not assume the proper brace position. That passenger was seriously injured during the landing and the balloon was not damaged.

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

The passenger’s inadequate brace position for the balloon landing, which resulted in a serious injury.

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