Saturday, June 30, 2018

Loss of Control on Ground: 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.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N717FN


Location: Ashland, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA245
Date & Time: 06/29/2018, 2000 EDT
Registration: N717FN
Aircraft: KUBICEK BB30
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 29, 2018, about 2000 eastern daylight time, a Balony Kubicek SPOL SRO BB30Z hot air balloon, N717FN, tipped over after landing on a field near Ashland, Ohio. The commercial pilot on board sustained a fatal head injury. The student pilot and two passengers were not injured, and the balloon was not damaged. The balloon was registered to the pilot who was operating it as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which departed from a nearby field about 1945.

The early evening flight was a hot air balloon sponsor event for the Ashland, Ohio, Balloonfest. The commercial pilot was providing instruction to the student pilot during the flight, and after about 15 minutes, the pilot took control of the balloon and elected to land quickly and return to the Balloonfest field to participate in the evening "balloon glow" event. After landing, the student pilot exited the balloon basket to control the balloon's crown line in preparation for deflating the envelope, and the two passengers remained crouched down in the basket. As the pilot started to deflate the envelope, the wind increased, which concaved the envelope and subsequently pulled the balloon forward, tipping the basket over (see figure 1). As the basket tipped over, the pilot, who was standing in the basket, fell forward and hit his head on the dual burner assembly. The pilot became unconscious about 20 to 30 seconds later and was unresponsive when first responders arrived. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A witness photographed the balloon when it first landed in the field. Figure 1 shows a photo in which the balloon is on the ground, the balloon and basket are both tipped over about 45°, and a land owner/neighbor is standing next to the basket.



Figure 1 Accident balloon

The student pilot and the passengers stated that the pilot was not crouched down during the landing and was also not actively pulling on the vent line to deflate the envelope.

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The pilot, age 74, held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for lighter-than-air balloon. The pilot did not hold a medical certificate. At the time of the accident, the pilot had about 40 total flight experience in the accident balloon.

Per 14 CFR 61.233, commercial balloon pilots are allowed to provide flight instruction.

Per 14 CFR 61.23 (b), Operations not requiring a medical certificate, a person is not required to hold a medical certificate when exercising the privileges of a flight instructor certificate with a sport pilot rating in a glider or balloon.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The balloon, which comprised a four-place basket and 105,000-cubic-ft envelope balloon system, serial number 1117, was manufactured in 2015, and was equipped with two standup 70-liter propane fuel tanks and an Ignis Plus dual burner capable of producing 18 million British thermal units of heat per hour.

A review of the maintenance logbook showed that an annual inspection was completed on June 10, 2018, at a recorded time in service of 37.85 hours. The last entry in the logbook was made on the day of the accident and showed a total time in service of 40.0 hours.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

At 1952, the weather conditions at Mansfield-Lahm Regional Airport (MFD), Mansfield, Ohio, 12 miles west-southwest of the accident scene, included wind from 170° at 9 knots, clear skies, 10 statute miles visibility, temperature 84°F, dew point 70°F, and altimeter setting of 30.07 inches of mercury.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

Postaccident, the balloon was located in a field 2.3 miles north of where the flight originated. The balloon envelope was found deflated and resting on the ground. The basket, with the tanks and burner system intact, came to rest on its front side on the ground. The envelope was connected to the basket support cables at the carabiners. A postaccident examination of the balloon envelope, basket, fuel tanks, fuel lines, and the dual burner system by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed no damage or anomalies.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, Cleveland, Ohio, performed an autopsy of the pilot. According to the autopsy report, the cause of death was blunt force impacts to the head and neck.

According to the coroner, the pilot had been hospitalized for blood clots a few months before the accident and was prescribed warfarin. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the months before the accident. He also had "high cholesterol and blood pressure issues." According to the coroner's interview with the student pilot, the pilot had recently been feeling unwell and occasionally had balance issues. The student had not seen the pilot fall previously. The pilot's postaccident medical examination demonstrated significant cardiomegaly and evidence of pulmonary edema, which supported his symptoms.

Toxicology performed by the FAA Forensic Sciences Laboratory detected terazosin and warfarin in blood (heart) and liver.

Terazosin is a prescription medication used to treat symptoms from an enlarged prostate. It also has a mild effect on lowering blood pressure. Warfarin is a prescription blood thinner. Neither is considered impairing.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: None
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Balloon
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: None None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 40 hours (Total, all aircraft), 40 hours (Total, this make and model)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: , Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: None
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Balloon
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: KUBICEK
Registration: N717FN
Model/Series: BB30 Z
Aircraft Category: Balloon
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Balloon
Serial Number: 1117
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/10/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 2 Hours
Engines:
Airframe Total Time: 40 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:1953 EDT 
Direction from Accident Site: 275°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Ashland, OH
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ashland, OH
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1945 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

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)

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)




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?