Monday, March 26, 2018

Lindstrand Balloon 105A, N1517H: Accident occurred March 24, 2018 in Wesley Chapel, Pasco County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Wesley Chapel, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA116
Date & Time: 03/24/2018, 0845 EDT
Registration: N1517H
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Business - Sightseeing 

On March 24, 2018, about 0845 eastern daylight time, a Lindstrand Balloons 105A, N1517H, was substantially damaged when it collided with power lines in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the two passengers sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The sightseeing flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot reported that he was preparing to land, and as the balloon approached the landing site he saw that the area was roped-off. He then decided to land at his alternate landing site, which was an adjacent field on the backside of a shopping center.

He began a descent, saw power lines as he passed over the stores, and attempted to use the "burners" to climb, but it was too late. He knew the balloon was going to hit the powerlines, and told the passengers that there would be a hard landing and to "get down." The pilot secured the fuel at the burners and the tanks. The balloon descended straight down; the pilot heard a "pop," and felt sparks on his shoulders as the balloon hit the powerlines. The basket landed upright, and witnesses came to assist.

An examination of the balloon by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the balloon cables, throat and scoop were damaged. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LINDSTRAND BALLOONS
Registration: N1517H
Model/Series: 105A NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Balloon
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ZPH, 89 ft msl
Observation Time: 0835 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Zephyrhills, FL
Destination: Wesley Chapel, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:

WESLEY CHAPEL, FL - Two people were injured Saturday morning when a hot air balloon hit a power line near the Groves Shopping Center, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

The hot air balloon was approaching a landing spot when the basket struck a power line. The balloon then landed below the power line. Three adults were in the balloon's basket at the time, deputies said.

Pasco deputies and county fire rescue crews responded to the scene and found that two of the adult passengers in the basket identified as Hector Vega, 37, and Ashley Vega, 33, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The hot air balloon pilot Michael Braun, 62,was uninjured. Both passengers were transported to a local hospital.

The hot air balloon was operated by a company called Aerial Adventure Tampa Bay.

The FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. - Pasco sheriff's deputies are on the scene of a hot air balloon accident near The Groves Shopping Center.

Three people were onboard the basket at the time. Two adult passengers, Hector and Ashley Vega, suffered non-life threatening injuries, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. The pilot, Michael Braun, was uninjured.

The incident occurred near Oakley Boulevard about 8:44 a.m. Saturday.

The hot air balloon was approaching a landing spot when the basket struck a power line, a Pasco sheriff's office release said. The balloon then landed below the power line.

The injured passengers were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.

No further information was released.

Original article can be found here ➤

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