Friday, August 2, 2019

Aerostar RXS-8, N91057: Accident occurred August 01, 2019 in Hume, Allegany County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York 

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA484
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 01, 2019 in Hume, NY
Aircraft: Cameron A 210, registration: N6533Q

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Balloon encountered inclement weather and landed hard. Two (2) passengers transported with possible head injuries.

Date: 02-AUG-19
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N91057
Aircraft Model: RXS8
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HUME
State: NEW YORK 

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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