Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Collision During Landing: Cameron A-275, N3004S; accident occurred June 05, 2019 in Sedona, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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


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


https://registry.faa.gov/N3004S 


Location: Sedona, AZ

Accident Number: GAA19CA314
Date & Time: 06/05/2019, 0635 MST
Registration: N3004S
Aircraft: Cameron A-275
Aircraft Damage: None
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Serious, 17 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business - Sightseeing 

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, as the balloon touched down, one of the ground crewmembers jumped into the basket to add his weight. As the balloon was coming to a stop, it encountered some rough terrain hidden by tall grass. The balloon bounced, and the ground crewmember was ejected from the basket and landed on the ground. The pilot added that the balloon "came up off the ground again and over the crew member." The crewmember sustained serious injuries.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The balloon's encounter with rough terrain, which resulted in a bounced landing and a ground crewmember sustaining serious injuries.

Findings

Environmental issues
Rough terrain - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Balloon
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/13/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 6127 hours (Total, all aircraft), 845 hours (Total, this make and model), 6127 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cameron
Registration: N3004S
Model/Series: A-275 No Series
Aircraft Category: Balloon
Year of Manufacture: 2018
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Balloon
Serial Number: 6863
Landing Gear Type: None
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/21/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:
Airframe Total Time: 99.9 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner:  P-Marks Plus Inc
Rated Power:
Operator: P-Marks Plus Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Red Rock Balloons
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPRC, 5042 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 248°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sedona, AZ
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Sedona, AZ
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time: 0525 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 16 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 17 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.823889, -111.907500 (est)

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