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The cause of the accident was an in-flight activation of the rapid deflation system. A possible explanation is that the activation occurred when, following an encounter with a 'willy willy', spinning of the envelope and basket resulted in the chimney control line entangling with the twisting basket and burner suspension lines.

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General details
Date: 22 November 1975 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1345 ESuT  
Location   (show map):near Wagga Wagga Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 26 January 1977 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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Last update 13 May 2014