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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : ca72|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 500
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Experimental|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 72|
flight time total : 1928
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Fog conditions occurred in early morning presunrise. I went to launch site (which is surrounded and limits my long distance vision). I sent my crew to de-ice in 3 direction to report by radio the current conditions. As sunrise progressed the fog conditions began to break and clear at 8:30 am I launched (when my ground crew returned with favorable reports) and immediately landed at my nearest spot. My flight was around 500' AGL. I had clear area of approximately 1/2 mi around my balloon and the ceiling conditions were clear. I realize that as my crew reported to me by radio that conditions were favorable, and that during their time of return and our inflation, conditions changed rapidly. My corrective action was to land on a vineyard road and I did not fly in any fog-laden areas. My entire flight was over vineyards and my approach and landing were well executed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MANNED BALLOON LANDED ON A ROAD TO AVOID FLYING OVER FOG.
Narrative: FOG CONDITIONS OCCURRED IN EARLY MORNING PRESUNRISE. I WENT TO LAUNCH SITE (WHICH IS SURROUNDED AND LIMITS MY LONG DISTANCE VISION). I SENT MY CREW TO DE-ICE IN 3 DIRECTION TO RPT BY RADIO THE CURRENT CONDITIONS. AS SUNRISE PROGRESSED THE FOG CONDITIONS BEGAN TO BREAK AND CLEAR AT 8:30 AM I LAUNCHED (WHEN MY GND CREW RETURNED WITH FAVORABLE RPTS) AND IMMEDIATELY LANDED AT MY NEAREST SPOT. MY FLT WAS AROUND 500' AGL. I HAD CLEAR AREA OF APPROX 1/2 MI AROUND MY BALLOON AND THE CEILING CONDITIONS WERE CLEAR. I REALIZE THAT AS MY CREW RPTED TO ME BY RADIO THAT CONDITIONS WERE FAVORABLE, AND THAT DURING THEIR TIME OF RETURN AND OUR INFLATION, CONDITIONS CHANGED RAPIDLY. MY CORRECTIVE ACTION WAS TO LAND ON A VINEYARD ROAD AND I DID NOT FLY IN ANY FOG-LADEN AREAS. MY ENTIRE FLT WAS OVER VINEYARDS AND MY APCH AND LNDG WERE WELL EXECUTED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.