Aviation safety investigations & reports

Kavanagh Balloon D90, VH-HXB, Gobondery (28km NNW of Trundle) NSW, 25 October 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
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 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