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N494LB accident description

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Crash location 35.037222°N, 106.605556°W
Nearest city Albuquerque, NM
35.084491°N, 106.651137°W
4.2 miles away
Tail number N494LB
Accident date 04 Aug 2009
Aircraft type Lindstrand Balloons 240A
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

After a sight-seeing flight, the pilot located an area to land the balloon, and briefed the passengers for the landing. The pilot stated that he "landed in soft sand ... going approximately 10 miles-per-hour." The basket slid for approximately 15 feet before tipping over, coming to rest on its side. As the pilot began to unload the passengers, one of passengers complained of pain in her right arm/shoulder area. The passenger was transported to the hospital, and later was determined that she had suffered a broken arm.

NTSB Probable Cause

A run-on landing of the balloon causing the basket to tip over, resulting in a passenger's injury.

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