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During the flight the groundspeed of the balloon increased to an estimated 12 knots, and the pilot decided to land in a showground. This area was surrounded by large trees. In the final stages of the landing attempt, the balloon was affected by a windshear and began to sink. The pilot activated the burners but the balloon struck a 15 metre high tree. Fearing that the balloon would overshoot the planned landing area, the pilot activated the rip panel. A heavy landing resulted and the basket rolled over in the direction of flight. One passenger was thrown from the basket and received a broken leg.

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General details
Date: 20 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 915 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:4 km E Rutherglen  
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 14 March 1988 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kavanagh Balloons 
Aircraft model: E 
Aircraft registration: VH-HGU 
Serial number: KB047 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:9 km W Rutherglen VIC
Departure time:0815
Destination:Rutherglen Racecourse VIC
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