Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Head Balloons, Inc. AX9-118, N2027S: Accident occurred August 10, 2019 in Galt, Sacramento County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Balloon during deflating, wind forcing two straps to separate and caught fire.


Date: 10-AUG-19
Time: 15:15:04Z
Regis#: N2027S
Aircraft Make: HEAD BALLOONS
Aircraft Model: AX9 118
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: GALT

GALT (CBS13) — A hot air balloon broke loose at a festival in Galt, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in a field.

Witnesses called it terrifying, some surprised the pilot survived. They said they felt helpless, this pilot’s fate was in his own hands.

“We never give consideration to the fact that perhaps this is somebody’s father, someone’s brother, someone’s dad,” said Joseph Perez, a festival attendee.

Perez was at the Galt Balloon Festival with his family. He said a balloon was in use giving people rides, and all of a sudden, the balloon tethers snapped.

“The balloon went up into the air and as it began to deflate, I thought ‘Oh my gosh, this is going to be a horrible ending,’ ” Perez said.

Two witnesses said part of the balloon caught fire and that wind played a factor.

“The pilot was trying to get control. There was a small fire that I think burned part of the balloon and then the pilot was, after a few seconds, able to land it,” said Debra Bentson.

The pilot ended up in a cornfield with minor injuries. People were chasing after him as he drifted away, but Perez said it still took about 15 minutes to find him and get him help.

“There had to be angels there because the guy survived,” Perez said.

This is the second year the balloon festival has been held in Galt. CBS13 asked fair organizers about additional safety precautions Sunday. Their response was that safety precautions are taken “at all times.”

Story and video ➤ https://sacramento.cbslocal.com

GALT, California  — A man was injured after the hot air balloon he was in crash-landed during the Galt Balloon Festival on Saturday, according to the Cosumnes Fire Department.

Officials said the hot air balloon was tethered and used for paying tickets and rides. The hot air balloon caught fire and began to malfunction at around 8:40 a.m.

It is unclear if the fire resulted in the malfunction or if the malfunction caused the fire, officials said.

The balloon was then released from the tether and crash-landed in a nearby cornfield. Only the pilot of the balloon was injured. The pilot is expected to survive, officials said.

The fire was already extinguished when crews arrived at the scene, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department are still investigating.

Story and video ➤ https://www.kcra.com

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