Aviation safety investigations & reports

Kavanagh D105 Balloon, VH-JWS, Wallaroo SA, 1 October 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 26 November 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

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