NTSB Identification: CEN13CA372
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 24, 2013 in Windsor, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/21/2013
Aircraft: KUBICEK BB70Z, registration: N1235J
Injuries: 2 Serious,7 Minor.

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 said there had been very little wind when he had launched in his balloon earlier and his flight at about 1,000 feet above ground level (agl) was normal. He reported that there was very little wind until he descended to about 300 feet agl when the wind began to interfere. The pilot advised all passengers to lower themselves inside the basket and to brace themselves for a hard landing. The passengers advised that the balloon basket hit the ground “very hard” and bounced several times before hitting the slope side of a dirt hill where the basket flipped onto its side and was dragged in the dirt in that tipped-over position. The total distance from first impact to the balloon's final resting location was estimated at about 1,300 feet. The impact resulted in substantial damage to the main basket, the basket partitions, and substantial damage to the burner cage.

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

The pilots’ encounter with increased wind, which resulted in a hard and fast landing.

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