Monday, April 24, 2017

Balony Kubicek Spol Sro BB70Z, N245DK, Miles High Inc dba Park City Balloon Adventures: Accident occurred April 22, 2017 in Park City, Summit County, Utah

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Miles High Inc dba Park City Balloon Adventures:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA262
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Park City, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/2017
Aircraft: BALONY KUBICEK SPOL SRO BB70Z, registration: N245DK
Injuries: 9 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 pilot reported that the wind shifted before departure and that, although this would result in the balloon travelling to an area with “limited landing opportunities,” he chose to continue the departure. During landing, the balloon descended to about 20 to 30 ft above the ground, and the landing area was on a hillside that had a commercial building on the top and that, at the base of the hill, was a short pole with guy wires. He did not see any other poles, so he “focused” on the intended landing site. As the balloon approached the landing site, a passenger asked, “if we would hit that power line?” He looked up and saw two power lines above and forward of the balloon’s path, and he immediately vented the balloon to land and stop its forward progress. The balloon collided with the power lines and settled to the ground. 

The balloon sustained substantial damage to 3 of its 24 cables that attach the envelope to the basket.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the balloon that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot’s failure to see and avoid power lines during landing. 

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