Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Aerostar RX-7, N9126K: Accident occurred October 07, 2019 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque

Balloon bounced hard during landing and caught fire.

https://registry.faa.gov/N9126K

Date: 07-OCT-19
Time: 15:06:00Z
Regis#: N9126K
Aircraft Make: AEROSTAR INTERNATIONAL
Aircraft Model: RX7
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: RIO RANCHO
State: NEW MEXICO



ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — It was a busy morning for balloon accidents Monday.

Public Service Company of New Mexico confirms a balloon flew into a cable line near Edith Boulevard and Tyler Road around 9:30 a.m. A short time later another balloon flew into a power line near 14th Street and Southern Boulevard in Rio Rancho.

In addition to those incidents Sky 7 flew over a balloon hung up in a tree near the old Rio Rancho Golf Course. The balloon landed on the ground, but the envelope itself got stuck in the tree and was ripped apart.

A viewer also sent KOAT a video of a balloon on fire near 14th and Southern Boulevard. The balloon's gondola was on fire and behind it, a fire on the ground. The balloon's pilot and passenger were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Balloon Fiesta officials said only two of these three confirmed incidents required an emergency response. Tom Garrity, with Balloon Fiesta, said the number of accidents could go up. They usually find out more about what happened on any given day, the following day because a lot of what happens has to be self reported by the flight crews.

If you see a balloon tangled in a power line, Public Service Company of New Mexico wants you to stay back and call 911.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. Let’s ban balloons as soon as possible. Maybe a balloon buyback program.