Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary GAA15CA039

Bernalillo, NM, USA

Aircraft #1




Same as Factual Information

Factual Information

The pilot determined that the wind was faster than anticipated at the landing location. He maneuvered the balloon for a landing in an open field, the gondola landed hard, and fell onto its side. One passenger sustained a broken leg and the balloon sustained no damage. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the balloon prior to the flight that would have precluded normal operation of the balloon.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot's failure to maintain the descent rate, resulting in abnormal runway/ground contact.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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