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N681SJ accident description

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Crash location 35.323056°N, 106.561944°W
Nearest city Bernalillo, NM
35.300040°N, 106.551137°W
1.7 miles away
Tail number N681SJ
Accident date 15 Feb 2015
Aircraft type Cameron Z90 - No Series
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot determined that the wind was faster than anticipated at the landing location. He maneuvered the balloon for a landing in an open field, the gondola landed hard, and fell onto its side. One passenger sustained a broken leg and the balloon sustained no damage.

The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the balloon prior to the flight that would have precluded normal operation of the balloon.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain the descent rate, resulting in abnormal runway/ground contact.

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