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Hot Air Balloon Accidents

A hot air balloon ride may be a unique and thrilling experience. Some excursions cater towards large collections, taking up of 16 passengers per balloon, while some others are more targeted toward personal and frequently romantic experiences for a couple of individuals. No matter your taste, a hot air balloon ride may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view stunning scenery not visible from property. Unfortunately, with this spectacular view come quite real and very dangerous dangers.

Since its beginning, hot air ballooning technique has stayed mostly unchanged. The hot air balloon includes the balloon itself, which comprises heated atmosphere, in addition to a basket along with an open fire with a controller on it. The operator of this balloon controls the fire. When hot atmosphere fills the balloon, the balloon climbs. After the fire is turned down low, the balloon starts to sink. When this looks relatively easy, it's remarkably hard and dangerous to run a hot air balloon. Hot air balloons are amazingly vulnerable to fluctuations in weather. Additionally, in case of an accident between the open fire, there's absolutely not any way to escape the balloon as it's in flight nor is there access to water to put out a flame.

Through time, various federal and state regulatory agencies started instituting a variety of regulations and rules to promote security on board the balloons. As an example, hot air balloons which run tours or industrial flights have been mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to get a thorough and complete inspection after every 100 hours of flight time. If the balloon isn't flown commercially, then it has to be inspected each year. The FAA needs hot air balloon pilots to get licenses and experience a flight inspection once every couple of decades. The FAA issues commercial permits to all qualified pilots, and passengers considering flying with a specified pilot may look up her or his security records on ntsb.gov.

Despite these regulations, hot air balloon accidents can and do occur. The National Transportation Safety Board began exploring hot air balloon injuries in 1964. 16 of these deaths happened in the previous 14 years. Although this figure might seem low, the amount of those who fly in hot air balloons annually is also reduced. Moreover, hot air balloon injury deaths,can happen because of:

  • Pilot negligence
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Balloon malfunction
  • Power lines
  • Trees
  • Collisions with other balloons
  • Fires
  • Rough landings

If you suffered injuries because of hot air balloon crash, you might have a viable claim for civil damages against the balloon pilot or operating firm. Even though the hot air balloon excursion guides would love to convince you that hot air balloon mishaps are freak injuries, this isn't the situation. Most hot air balloon injuries happen because of pilot negligence. Negligence happens when the pilot fails to exercise the correct amount of maintenance when flying the balloon.

In case you were hurt in a hot air balloon crash, you want a personal injury lawyer who's well-versed in Federal Aviation Administration regulations and civil liability legislation. Contact us at Napoli Shkolnik today to see how we can help you after a hot air balloon accident.