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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : bna|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time total : 247|
flight time type : 247
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : unspecified
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
This event was a convergent navigation test (cnt) at a hot air balloon rally. Conditions favorable for VFR flight. Briefing was done, all preflight completed. The inflation and launch were completed appropriately and effectively. Normal flight. Balloon naved to target area. Vented at target area for approach to land, steep descent followed. Reheated balloon envelope, but was unable to achieve equilibrium prior to ground contact. A hard landing was the result. After landing, reheated balloon and moved balloon outside of scoring area. I was not injured. My passenger/crew said her foot was hurt, but declined medical treatment or transport at site. Her husband drove her to a local hospital. There was no structural damage to the aircraft. I later found out she had broken bones in foot above the arch. Am unsure if this was a result of the position of her foot (if it was on a support RAIL) or if the injury was contact related. Am not sure if this was incidental, or other factors involved. Aircraft was a cameron viva 77 sport hot air balloon with single burner.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A HOT AIR BALLOON PLT LANDED HIS AEROSTAR VERY HARD. THIS MAY HAVE BROKEN BONES IN HIS PAX'S FOOT.
Narrative: THIS EVENT WAS A CONVERGENT NAV TEST (CNT) AT A HOT AIR BALLOON RALLY. CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR VFR FLT. BRIEFING WAS DONE, ALL PREFLT COMPLETED. THE INFLATION AND LAUNCH WERE COMPLETED APPROPRIATELY AND EFFECTIVELY. NORMAL FLT. BALLOON NAVED TO TARGET AREA. VENTED AT TARGET AREA FOR APCH TO LAND, STEEP DSCNT FOLLOWED. REHEATED BALLOON ENVELOPE, BUT WAS UNABLE TO ACHIEVE EQUILIBRIUM PRIOR TO GND CONTACT. A HARD LNDG WAS THE RESULT. AFTER LNDG, REHEATED BALLOON AND MOVED BALLOON OUTSIDE OF SCORING AREA. I WAS NOT INJURED. MY PAX/CREW SAID HER FOOT WAS HURT, BUT DECLINED MEDICAL TREATMENT OR TRANSPORT AT SITE. HER HUSBAND DROVE HER TO A LCL HOSPITAL. THERE WAS NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE ACFT. I LATER FOUND OUT SHE HAD BROKEN BONES IN FOOT ABOVE THE ARCH. AM UNSURE IF THIS WAS A RESULT OF THE POS OF HER FOOT (IF IT WAS ON A SUPPORT RAIL) OR IF THE INJURY WAS CONTACT RELATED. AM NOT SURE IF THIS WAS INCIDENTAL, OR OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED. ACFT WAS A CAMERON VIVA 77 SPORT HOT AIR BALLOON WITH SINGLE BURNER.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.