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NTSB Identification: CEN15LA103
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 10, 2015 in Peru, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/17/2015
Aircraft: LINDSTRAND BALLOONS USA 120A, registration: N316TB
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he made a normal landing approach but that the surface wind velocity was higher than forecast, which required him to use a high-wind landing technique. The pilot remained in control of the balloon during the hard landing and was able to properly brace himself before the landing. However, shortly after touchdown, the balloon tipped over onto its side, which was typical for a high-wind landing; the balloon was not damaged. The pilot fell out of the basket after his shoulder contacted the ground. The pilot was able to pull the vent line to fully deflate the envelope after touchdown. Following the hard landing, the pilot was admitted to a hospital and treated for a serious neck injury.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The hard landing due to a higher-than-forecast surface wind, which resulted in a serious neck injury to the pilot.