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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Balloon|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent : intermediate altitude|
|Route In Use||arrival : vfr|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 12.3|
flight time total : 342.5
flight time type : 342.5
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Anomaly||ground encounters other|
inflight encounter other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Was in approach to landing for far side of wires at about 75 ft AGL. Hit calm winds and just hung in air approximately 1/2 block from wires over open field. Since we weren't moving, started descent to open field. Strong cold gust of wind lifted balloon from approximately 10 ft AGL and blew into wires. Continued venting would not drop balloon and blew into wires. Had passenger (4) remain in balloon until power company reported lines were off. Stepped out of basket approximately 1 foot to ground. Power company retrieved basket and balloon from wires. Only injuries were sprained back on 1 passenger and second, black eye for pilot from hitting telephone pole. Still had 20 mins to sundown and 1 10 gallon tank of fuel left.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF FREE BALLOON COLLIDED WITH PWR LINES ON LNDG.
Narrative: WAS IN APCH TO LNDG FOR FAR SIDE OF WIRES AT ABOUT 75 FT AGL. HIT CALM WINDS AND JUST HUNG IN AIR APPROX 1/2 BLOCK FROM WIRES OVER OPEN FIELD. SINCE WE WEREN'T MOVING, STARTED DSCNT TO OPEN FIELD. STRONG COLD GUST OF WIND LIFTED BALLOON FROM APPROX 10 FT AGL AND BLEW INTO WIRES. CONTINUED VENTING WOULD NOT DROP BALLOON AND BLEW INTO WIRES. HAD PAX (4) REMAIN IN BALLOON UNTIL PWR COMPANY RPTED LINES WERE OFF. STEPPED OUT OF BASKET APPROX 1 FOOT TO GND. PWR COMPANY RETRIEVED BASKET AND BALLOON FROM WIRES. ONLY INJURIES WERE SPRAINED BACK ON 1 PAX AND SECOND, BLACK EYE FOR PLT FROM HITTING TELEPHONE POLE. STILL HAD 20 MINS TO SUNDOWN AND 1 10 GALLON TANK OF FUEL LEFT.
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.