NTSB Identification: CEN13IA349
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Saturday, June 08, 2013 in Boulder, CO
Aircraft: ULTRAMAGIC SA T210, registration: N201FW
Injuries: 2 Minor,10 Uninjured.
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On June 8, 2013 at 0854 mountain daylight time, an Ultramagic T210 hot air balloon, N201FW, owned and operated by Fair Winds, Incorporated, sustained minor damage when it impacted in an open space during a high wind landing near Boulder, Colorado. Two of the passengers on board sustained minor injuries. The pilot and 9 remaining passengers were uninjured. The business 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 Boulder County Sheriff’s Department reported the balloon was attempting to land at the time of the impact. According to one witness, the weather conditions had already turned windy prior to the departure of the balloon.
At 0655, the weather conditions at Erie, Colorado (KEIK), 12 miles east-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 0855, the weather conditions at KEIK were wind 020 degrees at 14 knots, gusts to 22 knots, clear skies, visibility 10 miles, temperature 66 degrees Fahrenheit (F), dew point 49 degrees F, and altimeter 29.94 inches.
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