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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145431
Last updated: 21 April 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aerostar Raven S49A
Owner/operator:Bushelle Aerial Photography Llc
Registration: N70451
C/n / msn: S49A-3193
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Bond Park, Janesville, WI -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Janesville, WI (NONE)
Destination airport:Janesville, WI (NONE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, he attempted to abort the landing when he saw that he was getting too close to the powerlines. He said he used a “continuous burn” to abort the landing; however, when it became apparent that the balloon would still hit the powerlines, he initiated an emergency descent. The balloon hit the powerlines and then descended to the ground. The impact with the powerlines caused an arc flash that burned the lower 20 percent of the balloon envelope.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from the powerlines while landing.



Revision history:

04-May-2012 17:50 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:36 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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