Friday, October 19, 2018

Ultramagic SA N-250, registered to Buoyant Investments Inc operator does business as Perfect Flight LLC, N275WB: Accident occurred October 08, 2018 in Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, New Mexico

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Rio Rancho, NM
Accident Number: GAA19CA030
Date & Time: 10/08/2018, 0959 MDT
Registration: N275WB
Aircraft: Ultramagic N 250
Aircraft Damage: None
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Serious, 12 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation - Sightseeing 

The balloon pilot reported that, during touchdown, the basket made very light impact, swung around, and stopped. He added that as the balloon deflated, the basket laid over on its side.

While assisting passengers out of the basket, the female passenger told the pilot that she had broken her arm. The pilot reported that, after picking her up from the hospital, she believed that another passenger had possibly fallen on her when the basket laid over.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the balloon that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Balloon
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/04/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/09/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2060 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 2060 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 70 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ultramagic
Registration: N275WB
Model/Series: N 250 No Series
Aircraft Category: Balloon
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Balloon
Serial Number: 250/91
Landing Gear Type: None
Seats: 0
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/21/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 0
Airframe Total Time: 279 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: Buoyant Investments Inc
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Perfect Flight, LLC
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAEG, 5837 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1547 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 236°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 15000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Albuquerque, NM (N/A)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Rio Rancho, NM
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0901 MDT
Type of Airspace:  Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 11 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 12 None
Latitude, Longitude:  35.226111, -106.649444 (est)

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