NTSB Identification: CEN13IA347
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Saturday, June 08, 2013 in Arvada, CO
Aircraft: AEROSTAR INTERNATIONAL INC RX 8, registration: N7059U
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 Uninjured.
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On June 8, 2013 at 0815 mountain daylight time, an Aerostar International RX-8 hot air balloon, N7059U, owned and operated by a private individual, sustained minor damage when it impacted on a road during a high wind landing at Arvada, Colorado. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The two passengers on board were not injured. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91 without a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the incident. The local flight originated at 0705.
The pilot said that he reviewed the current and forecast weather prior to takeoff. The conditions looked good. About 15 minutes into the flight the wind increased. The pilot said he could not put the balloon down right away because there was no suitable place to land. When they did put down, they struck the ground hard and were dragged a distance before they could stop. The pilot said he sustained "road rash" injuries, but was okay. The balloon basket was heavily damaged during the impact.
At 0655, the weather conditions at Erie, Colorado (KEIK), 13 miles northeast of the accident scene were wind 300 degrees at 4 knots, clear skies, visibility 10 miles, temperature 66 degrees Fahrenheit (F), dew point 43 degrees F, and altimeter 29.81 inches.
At 0755, the weather conditions at KEIK were wind 030 degrees at 16 knots, gusts to 24 knots, clear skies, visibility 10 miles, temperature 65 degrees Fahrenheit (F), dew point 47 degrees F, and altimeter 29.89 inches.
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