Wirestrike Accident Cameron A-225 N69515,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188067
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Date:Friday 10 June 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cameron A-225
Registration: N69515
MSN: 6778
Year of manufacture:2016
Total airframe hrs:8 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Livingston County, Picket Line Road, Nunda, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Letchworth, NY
Destination airport:Nunda, NY
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
At the end of a 45-minute sightseeing flight, the commercial pilot landed the balloon in a field, and the 10 passengers got out of the basket. The pilot remained in the basket and left the balloon envelope inflated while the ground crewmembers began to walk the balloon over to the cart for deflation and disassembly. Although the balloon was being weighed down and stabilized by four ground crewmembers, it started to ascend quickly. Two additional passengers joined in and attempted to hold down the basket, but it kept ascending. Three of the four ground crewmembers let go of the basket as they had been taught to do; however, one ground crewmember did not let go and was carried aloft. As the balloon rose, the pilot, who had bent down to unclasp the vent lines from the basket, looked up and became aware that the balloon was ascending and moving toward nearby trees and a powerline. He operated the burner to increase his rate of ascent so that he could climb over the obstacles. When the balloon was about 150 to 200 ft above the ground, the pilot became aware that the ground crewmember was hanging from the rope handles on the bottom of the basket. He began to vent the balloon to land, but the crewmember lost his grip and fell about 100 ft, resulting in a fatal injury. The balloon landed about 1/2 mile from the original landing site and 800 ft from the location where the crewmember fell.

Probable Cause: The ground crewmember's failure to let go of the balloon's basket when the balloon began to ascend. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to maintain control of the balloon after landing, which resulted in an inadvertent takeoff.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA16LA210
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Download report: Final report


FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=69515


Revision history:

12-Jun-2016 23:17 Geno Added
13-Jun-2016 19:04 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Damage]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Jun-2018 19:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2018 06:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source]
23-Jun-2018 09:44 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]

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