Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Safety Board Warned of Balloon-Ride Dangers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Safety Board Warned of Balloon-Ride Dangers

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AUSTIN, Texas - In April 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board warned of just the kind of crash that occurred Saturday in Lockhart, Texas.

The NTSB said there was the potential for a "high number of fatalities in a single air tour balloon accident" if federal officials did not adopt stricter regulations of tour operators.

The recommendations were dismissed as "unnecessary and burdensome" by the trade group Balloon Federation of America.

And in November, the Federal Aviation Administration rejected the recommendations, writing: "Since the amount of ballooning is so low, the FAA believes the risk posed to all pilots and participants is also low."

The NTSB had based its warning on three accidents it investigated. …

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