Saturday, June 30, 2018

Balony Kubicek Spol Sro BB30Z, N717FN: Fatal accident occurred June 29, 2018 in Ashland, Ohio

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N717FN

Location: Ashland, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA245
Date & Time: 06/29/2018, 2000 EDT
Registration: N717FN
Aircraft: Kubicek BB30
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 30, 2018, about 2000 eastern daylight time, a Balony Kubicek SPOL SRO BB 30Z standard hot air balloon, N717FN, experienced a surface wind gust that caught the balloon envelope and flipped the balloon basket and burner assembly over, following landing on a field near Ashland, Ohio. The instructor pilot on board sustained a fatal head injury. The student pilot and 2 passengers on board sustained minor injuries. The balloon was not damaged. The balloon was registered to and operated by the instructor pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan had not been filed for the local flight which departed from a nearby field about 1945.

According to the student pilot, the balloon had landed after a short flight that had originated as part of the Ashland Balloonfest hot air balloon festival. They were just starting to deflate the envelope when the wind increased and caught the envelope, which "acted like a sail and pulled it (the balloon) and flipped the basket down." The instructor pilot hit his head on the duel burner assembly, seriously injuring him. The instructor pilot was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

At 1953, the weather conditions at Mansfield Lahm Municipal Airport, Mansfield, Ohio, 12 miles west of the accident scene, was wind 170°at 9 knots, clear skies, visibility 10 statute miles, temperature 84° Fahrenheit, dew point 70° F and altimeter 30.07 inches of Mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kubicek
Registration: N717FN
Model/Series: BB30 Z
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: KMFD, 1200 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  9 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ashland, OH
Destination: Ashland, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 3 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.877222, -82.331667 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 



ASHLAND, Ohio - A hot air balloon pilot with the Ashland BalloonFest died Friday night following an incident.

According to officials, the 74-year-old pilot suffered a fatal injury when he hit his head on the burner while disassembling the balloon.

The pilot was identified as John Moran, 74. 

The Saturday morning competition flight was canceled as a result. The evening competition and festivities will continue as planned.

The Ashland Balloonfest committee released the following statement: 

The Ashland Balloonfest committee is saddened by the loss of Balloonist, John Moran.  John was a staple here at our event, this being his 23rd year with us.  John loved the sport and the ballooning community.  He will be deeply missed by so many. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. 

We will be honoring the memory of John tonight at our balloon glow, scheduled for 9:15 p.m. at Freer Field.

The FAA is investigating the incident.  

Story and video: https://www.news5cleveland.com


Pilot John Moran died Friday evening following a fatal injury that occurred shortly after the landing pictured here. Moran's balloon landed on Eastlake Drive around 8 p.m. Friday.


ASHLAND The balloon pilot who died in an accident after landing his balloon Friday evening has been identified by Ashland BalloonFest organizers.

In a late Saturday afternoon press release, BalloonFest president Mindi Cantrell confirmed the deceased pilot was John Moran, 74, of Cortland. Moran was a 23-year veteran of the local hot air balloon event.

Moran had landed his “Tetris” balloon on a road north of the city Friday night when the accident occurred

“During disassembly of the balloon the pilot hit his head on the burners, sustaining a fatal injury,” Cantrell had said in an earlier Saturday press release.

Moran died at University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center where he was transported by the Ashland Fire Department.

In the Saturday afternoon release, Cantrell said, “John loved the sport and the ballooning community. He will be deeply missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The Saturday night balloon glow was going to be held in the memory of Moran, she said.

He was a salesman for Kubicek Balloons, according to his biography in the official BalloonFest guide. His Facebook page says he served as Johnston Township fiscal official.

Saturday morning’s competition flight was canceled, but the rest of the day’s events went on as scheduled.

BalloonFest is an annual three-day summer festival in this North Central Ohio city, featuring nearly 30 hot air balloons.



ASHLAND - John Moran, a Cortland area man and a 23-year veteran of Ashland Balloonfest, has been identified as the man who died in a post-landing incident following a flight Friday evening.

Moran, 74, was piloting a balloon called Tetris, a largely white balloon with a multicolored pattern during the 28th annual Ashland Ballonfest. 

"The Ashland Balloonfest committee is saddened by the loss of balloonist, John Moran," Balloonfest committee president Mindi Cantrell said Saturday afternoon in a news release. "John was a staple here at our event, this being his 23rd year with us. John loved the sport and the ballooning community. He will be deeply missed by so many."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We will be honoring the memory of John tonight at our balloon glow, scheduled for 9:15 p.m. at Freer Field," the release said.

Friends of Moran’s who declined to be named said he lived in and worked for Johnston Township near Cortland, Ohio. Moran’s Facebook page indicates he served as the township’s fiscal officer.

“We lost a dear friend,” balloon pilot Walt Rudy said of Moran. “He was an ambassador for ballooning, and several of the pilots here grew up with him.”

Moran was a Kubicek Balloons dealer who repaired and inspected balloons in his shop. Like many balloon pilots, Moran enjoyed sharing his love of ballooning with others and teaching people how to fly, friends said.

“He really jumped into everything with a passion,” Rudy said.

Friends described Moran as eccentric and even a little goofy. He raised free-range chickens on his fifth-generation family farm, and he would give away the eggs to anyone who would promise to return the cartons.

He loved ice cream and was even known to carry a scoop in each hand. He also cared for his black lab, Jackson, and he was actively involved in church.

Rudy remarked that while Moran will be deeply missed, the pilot died while doing what he loved.

“You’ve got to live your life like every day’s going to be your last,” Rudy said.

The incident that led to Moran's death occurred around 8 p.m. Friday, shortly after Moran’s balloon landed in a field on the 100 block of Eastlake Drive just outside city limits on Ashland’s north side.

"During disassembly of the balloon the pilot hit his head on the burners, sustaining a fatal injury," Cantrell said in a press release.

Balloonfest cancelled its morning flight Saturday but is holding all other events as scheduled. The pilot meet-and-greet was abbreviated due to hot weather.

Several balloon pilots emphasized their belief that hot air ballooning is generally safe and their knowledge that Moran was a pilot who took safety seriously.

In an interview with a Balloonfest pilot prior to Friday’s incident, pilot Jeff Conley explained the training the FAA requires of balloon pilots.

“You have to have a certain number of hours being trained by a commercial pilot that has been passed for the FAA instruction,” he said. “Once you do that, you have to have a minimum number of solo flights, meaning only you in the basket flying, and then pass an exam with an FAA examiner actually flying, going over all aspects of emergency landings, safety, altitude difference, just a conglomerate of things you learn in your training.”

The incident remains under investigation by the FAA. The Ashland Post of Ohio Highway Patrol, Ashland Fire Department and Ashland Police Department also responded to and assisted at the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.richlandsource.com




ASHLAND -- A 74-year-old male hot air balloon pilot died at the hospital Friday night following an accident just after landing around 8 p.m.

The incident occurred shortly after the hot air balloon landed in a field on the 100 block of Eastlake Drive during the annual Ashland Balloonfest hot air balloon festival.

"During disassembly of the balloon the pilot hit his head on the burners, sustaining a fatal injury," Ashland Balloonfest committee president Mindi Cantrell said in a press release.

The 74-year-old man was unresponsive and was considered to be in traumatic cardiac arrest when he was taken to University Hospitals Samaritan Hospital, according to Ashland Fire Capt. Ken Gardner.

Ashland Balloonfest officials confirmed shortly before 10 p.m. that the man had died at the hospital.

Officials at the scene referred to the deceased as a passenger in the balloon and indicated he was teaching another man to fly the balloon.

In an emailed statement to media, and later by phone, Balloonfest committee president Mindi Cantrell referred to the deceased as the balloon’s pilot.

Cantrell said no other information would be released Friday evening and stated a press conference likely will be issued Saturday. 

Around midnight Saturday, Ashland Balloonfest announced on Facebook its Saturday morning balloon flight would be cancelled. 

The Ashland Post of Ohio Highway Patrol was investigating at the scene, and Balloonfest officials say the FAA was on scene as well and completed an initial investigation. Ashland Police assisted at the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.richlandsource.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Basket tipped over on him?