Accident Cameron A-250 N2025J,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 214009
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Date:Friday 3 August 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cameron A-250
Owner/operator:Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides
Registration: N2025J
MSN: 6550
Year of manufacture:2009
Total airframe hrs:494 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Hartsel, Park County, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Hartsel, CO
Destination airport:Hartsel, CO
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The balloon departed on a revenue sightseeing flight with two commercial pilots and nine passengers. Due to the moderate 7- to 8-mph wind, the pilots briefed the passengers to crouch down with their knees bent, hold on to two straps on the basket, face toward the direction of travel, and brace against the side wall for landing. The passengers understood that the basket was expected to tip over after landing. During the landing, the basket touched down in a flat field, bounced several times, and dragged on the ground about 40 to 50 ft. The basket came to a complete stop while upright. During the balloon deflation, the basket tipped over hard, and two passengers fell out of the upper back left compartment; one passenger landed on top of the other. The 65-year-old passenger was seriously injured, while the 73-year-old passenger died as a result of her injuries. Based on the circumstances and the two passengers' position in the upper compartment of the basket, it is likely that they were not actively hanging on to the basket when it tipped over.
Although the balloon manual and the basket manual differ in their guidance on which way the passengers should face during landing, it is unlikely that the injured passengers facing a different direction would have prevented them from falling out of the basket.

Probable Cause: The passengers’ fall from the basket after landing when the basket tipped over.  

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN18LA309
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

03-Aug-2018 18:08 Iceman 29 Added
03-Aug-2018 18:09 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Aug-2018 04:55 Geno Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-Aug-2018 18:26 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
01-Oct-2019 18:11 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Country, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]
01-Oct-2019 19:51 harro Updated [Country, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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