Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Head Balloons AX7 77B, N30721: Accident occurred June 08, 2017 in Chatsworth, Livingston County, Illinois

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:   https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N30721

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA223
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 08, 2017 in Chatsworth, IL
Aircraft: HEAD BALLOONS INC AX7 77B, registration: N30721
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On June 8, 2017, about 1630 central daylight time, a Head Balloons AX 77B balloon, N30721, encountered a wind gust while preparing for takeoff that threw the balloon occupants to the floor of the basket. The pilot and one passenger received minor injuries and one passenger received serious injuries. The balloon received minor damage to the basket. The balloon was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight was originating from Chatsworth, Illinois when the accident occurred.

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