Friday, August 02, 2019

Hard Landing: Cameron A 210, N6533Q; accident occurred August 01, 2019 in Hume, Allegany County, New York

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hume, New York
Accident Number: GAA19CA484
Date & Time: August 1, 2019, 20:00 Local 
Registration: N6533Q
Aircraft: Cameron A 210 
Aircraft Damage: None
Defining Event: Hard landing 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 8 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation


The pilot reported that, after the balloon encountered a thermal en route, he decided to land it in a hayfield surrounded by a wooded area. He added that the balloon was "driven down into the tree branches," and when over the hayfield, it descended and bounced hard to about 10 ft as he deflated the envelope. The balloon landed hard again and then deflated. One passenger 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 pilot's failure to maintain a proper descent rate during landing, which resulted in a hard landing and a serious passenger injury.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Descent rate - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Thermal lifting - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute Other weather encounter
Landing Hard landing (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 67,Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Rear
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: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: March 27, 2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2690 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1000 hours (Total, this make and model), 2690 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cameron
Registration: N6533Q
Model/Series: A 210 No Series 
Aircraft Category: Balloon
Year of Manufacture: 2011
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Balloon
Serial Number: 6617
Landing Gear Type: None 
Seats: 9
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 16, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3470 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 0
Airframe Total Time: 477.6 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOLE,2136 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 23:35 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 217°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 50°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Letchworth, NY
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 7 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 8 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.475833,-78.137222(est)


HUME, New York (WKBW) — 14 people were involved in two separate hot air balloon accidents in the Allegany County Town of Hume, according to New York State police the incidents occurred about 10 minutes and five miles apart.
The first incident occurred just before 8 p.m. Thursday near Mills Road, nine people departed from Letchworth in a hot air balloon when state police say the pilot encountered strong winds lost control and the balloon came down in some trees. The pilot was able to lift the balloon out of the trees later landing hard in a field.

All occupants were able to stay in the basket and one person was transported to a local hospital with a leg injury. 

The second incident occurred about 10 minutes later and five miles away, police say the five occupants encountered strong winds lost control and came down hard in a field.

Two people were ejected from the basket and were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incidents and foul play is not suspected at this time.

Original article can be found here ➤

HUME, New York (WIVB) — We’re learning more about a hot air balloon incident in Allegany County.

State police dispatchers tell News 4 that two hot air balloons went down in Hume Thursday night.

At least eight people were involved, but it’s not clear if anyone went to the hospital.

Story and video ➤

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