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The balloon approached for a landing into a large paddock in what was described as ideal conditions. The passengers were briefed and adopted the correct crouch position for the touchdown. The pilot just failed to achieve a stand-up landing and the balloon skipped once then dragged for about 12 metres before coming to rest. A passenger who was wearing high-heeled elastic sided boots then complained that his foot was hurting and later medical examination confirmed that he had suffered a broken ankle. The passenger advised that he changed the position of his foot after the first touchdown. He placed his foot in a corner of the basket and when the balloon touched down for the second time it contacted the ground on this corner of the basket. It is thought that the boots worn by the injured passenger were inappropriate due to the tapered styling of the heel.

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General details
Date: 01 October 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 650  
Location:Wallaroo Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 26 November 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kavanagh Balloons 
Aircraft model: D 
Aircraft registration: VH-JWS 
Serial number: KB038 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Kadina SA
Departure time:0620
Destination:Wallaroo SA
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