Friday, September 1, 2017

Balloon Works, Firefly 8B-15, N3282P: Accident occurred July 14, 2017 in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA243
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 14, 2017 in Murfreesboro, TN
Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 8B 15, registration: N3282P
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured.

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 July 14, 2017, about 1930 central daylight time, a Balloon Works, Firefly 8B-15, N3282P, ascended unintentionally after landing near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The commercial pilot was not injured and one passenger was seriously injured. The commercial sightseeing flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, after a successful flight, all the passengers exited the gondola and were assisting the pilot in securing the gondola. As they were holding on to the maneuvering handles the balloon began to ascend. As it ascended all the passengers except one released the maneuvering handles. That passenger was carried about 30 ft. into the air before letting go and falling to the ground. The pilot regained control of the balloon and landed.

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