NTSB Identification: CEN13CA035
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2013
Aircraft: LINDSTRAND BALLOONS 90A, registration: N6061R
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.

Before the flight, the pilot participated in a weather briefing provided by the event organization. Due to high wind velocities at low level, the balloon launch was postponed for about 1 hour and then approval to launch was granted by event personnel. At the conclusion of the flight, the pilot initiated an approach to a standard event landing field. During the approach, the wind was at a higher velocity than expected. The pilot briefed the passenger for a fast drag and hard landing. The balloon landed hard and dragged for about 150 feet. The passenger sustained a fractured arm. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failure with the balloon that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The balloon pilot's encounter with higher-than-expected wind velocity, which resulted in a hard landing and passenger injury.

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