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N787TC accident description

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Crash location 35.201111°N, 106.677223°W
Nearest city Albuquerque, NM
35.084491°N, 106.651137°W
8.2 miles away
Tail number N787TC
Accident date 02 Aug 2015
Aircraft type Thunder & Colt AX8 105S2
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot stated that the balloon flight was normal with light and variable wind conditions. The pilot stated she informed the passenger that the basket may "hop" a couple of times during the landing and told him to brace himself. When the balloon basket touched the ground, the pilot's foot became wedged between the sidewall of the basket and one of the fuel tanks. The pilot lost her balance, her body shifted, and she felt her ankle fracture. She told the passenger to continue pulling the deflation line. The envelope deflated quickly and the basket laid down onto its side. There was no damage to the envelope or basket. The pilot suffered a broken ankle and leg.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot did not properly brace herself during the landing, which resulted in a broken ankle and leg.

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