NTSB Identification: CEN13IA350
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Saturday, June 08, 2013 in Louisville, CO
Aircraft: ULTRAMAGIC M-105, registration: N30018
Injuries: 1 Minor,5 Uninjured.
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On June 8, 2013 at 0750 mountain daylight time, an Ultramagic M-105 hot air balloon, N30018, owned and operated by a private individual, sustained minor damage when it impacted in an undeveloped industrial park during a high wind landing near Louisville, Colorado. One passenger on board sustained minor injuries. The pilot and 4 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 Louisville Police Department reported the balloon was attempting to land at the time of the impact and got caught up in some “pretty stiff winds”.
At 0655, the weather conditions at Erie, Colorado (KEIK), 5 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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