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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01
NTSB Identification: CEN17CA013
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 02, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: AEROSTAR RX-8, registration: N5161Y
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 Uninjured.
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 hot air free balloon was participating in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. According to the pilot, he was approaching a vacant field for landing after a one-hour flight. The pilot approached the field from about 8 feet above the ground and the envelope impacted an unnoticed power line during landing. The pilot deflated the envelope, but the wind pulled the envelope and basket into the lines, which resulted in arcing against the uprights and frame.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's improperly planned landing, which resulted in a strike with power lines.