Aviation safety investigations & reports

Kavanagh K160 Balloon, VH-HGU, 4 km E Rutherglen VIC, 20 September 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
Location: 4 km E Rutherglen    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 14 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

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