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The balloon was carrying out local sight-seeing flights. The pilot reported that he departed Trundle at about 0700 hours with four passengers. After about 30 minutes, the balloon was landed near a road where the passengers disembarked and another four persons boarded the balloon. During the second flight the pilot decided to land in a paddock when he observed an increase in the surface wind. As the balloon approached for a landing, the basket struck trees near the boundary of the paddock and two of the passengers sustained injuries. The pilot stated that during the approach he was unable to control a sudden increase in sink which he claimed was a result of wind turbulence.

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General details
Date: 25 October 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 810 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Gobondery (28km NNW of Trundle)  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 06 January 1988 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kavanagh Balloons 
Aircraft model: D 
Aircraft registration: VH-HXB 
Serial number: KB028 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:15 km NNW of Trundle NSW
Departure time:0730
Destination:N/K
 
 
 
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