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N4502V accident description

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Crash location 35.137500°N, 106.556111°W
Nearest city Albuquerque, NM
35.084491°N, 106.651137°W
6.5 miles away
Tail number N4502V
Accident date 08 Oct 2009
Aircraft type Cameron Z77
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

After a morning balloon flight the pilot was making an approach to landing on a golf course. During a descent to tree top level the pilot reported the winds varied from 8 to 17 miles per hour. After descending below the tops of the trees the pilot reported a gust of 17 miles per hour with a “significant wind shift” which moved the balloon laterally toward a line of trees. Just before touchdown the pilot said she “pulled the top” to avoid hitting the trees and “we landed quickly dragging about 5 feet”. As the envelope deflated it snagged a tree causing minor damage to the balloon. The pilot sustained a fractured ankle and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The other occupant was not injured.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the balloon during the approach and landing.

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