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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188936
Last updated: 18 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Kubicek BB85Z
Owner/operator:Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides
Registration: N2469L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lockhart, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Fentress, TX (XS90)
Destination airport:Fentress, TX (XS90)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On July 30, 2016, about 0742 central daylight time, a Balóny Kubícek BB85Z hot air balloon, N2469L, operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, struck power lines and crashed in a field near Lockhart, Texas. The pilot and 15 passengers died, and the balloon was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire. The balloon was owned and operated by the pilot, and the flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a sightseeing passenger flight. The flight originated about 0658, just after sunrise, from Fentress Airpark, Fentress, Texas.
Probable Cause: The pilot's pattern of poor decision-making that led to the initial launch, continued flight in fog and above clouds, and descent near or through clouds that decreased the pilot's ability to see and avoid obstacles. Contributing to the accident were (1) the pilot's impairing medical conditions and medications and (2) the Federal Aviation Administration's policy to not require a medical certificate for commercial balloon pilots.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

30-Jul-2016 16:11 Aerossurance Added
30-Jul-2016 16:13 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Embed code, Damage]
30-Jul-2016 16:16 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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30-Jul-2016 16:58 StreetF117 Updated [Time]
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30-Jul-2016 17:35 Hans Gruber Updated [Phase, Source, Embed code]
30-Jul-2016 20:02 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
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31-Jul-2016 07:52 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Narrative]
31-Jul-2016 16:59 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
31-Jul-2016 17:00 Aerossurance Updated [Operator]
31-Jul-2016 21:51 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2016 06:45 Aerossurance Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
01-Aug-2016 07:02 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Narrative]
01-Aug-2016 11:13 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Source, Embed code]
01-Aug-2016 13:33 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Aug-2016 10:51 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2017 08:59 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Dec-2017 20:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Feb-2020 15:39 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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