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N9079S accident description

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Crash location 39.185555°N, 92.462778°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Hallsville, MO
39.116985°N, 92.220735°W
13.8 miles away
Tail number N9079S
Accident date 05 May 2012
Aircraft type Balloon Works Firefly 7-15
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

During the slow descent from approximately 300 feet, the hot air balloon hit powerlines. The pilot stated that as the balloon descended, the winds shifted and the forward speed of the balloon was reduced. Instead of continuing past the powerlines, the gondola of the balloon descended between the powerlines and the envelope of the balloon became entangled in the wires. A post impact fire ensued, resulting in substantial damage of the envelope and gondola. The pilot stated that there were no mechanical anomalies with the balloon prior to the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from power lines during landing.

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