Friday, August 02, 2019

Hard Landing: Aerostar RXS-8, N91057; accident occurred August 01, 2019 in Hume, Allegany County, New York

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hume, NY
Accident Number: GAA19CA484
Date & Time: 08/01/2019, 2000 EDT
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 - Business - Sightseeing

The balloon pilot reported that, after encountering a thermal en route, he decided to land the balloon in a hayfield surrounded by a wooded area. The balloon was "driven down into the tree branches" and, when over the hayfield, the balloon descended and bounced hard. The balloon bounced about 10 ft as he deflated the envelope. The balloon landed hard once more and deflated. One passenger received serious injuries.

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: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Rear
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: 03/27/2019
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: 04/16/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3470 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 0
Airframe Total Time: 477.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:
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: KOLE, 2136 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2335 UTC
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 — Three people suffered minor injuries in two separate hot air balloon crashes in Allegany County.

The first accident happened Thursday just before 8pm on Mills Road in the Town of Hume. 

State Police say the hot air balloon pilot from Portageville told them a thermal uplift caused the balloon to spiral.  He tried to navigate and became lodged in some tree branches.  A downward draft pulled the balloon down.

One person suffered a minor injury.   Everyone was transferred back to Letchworth State Park.

The second accident happened about 10 minutes later on County Route 23, also in the Town of Hume.  The pilot was forced to land after winds became too strong. 

Two passengers were ejected when the balloon landed.   Their injuries were minor. 

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