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The balloon was participating in the Bi-Centennial Trans Australia Challenge. The pilot, the current French National Champion, was making only his second flight in Australian conditions. The injured crew member had positioned for landing with his legs behind the pilot. Witnesses reported that the balloon made a very positive landing from about 20 feet with the envelope well deflated on ground contact. The ensuing heavy landing caused the pilot to drop across the co-pilot's legs, breaking that crew member's left ankle. The pilot stated that he was conscious of a powerline in his landing path and that he made a steep approach to minimise the ground drag. The landing paddock, however, was large and flat and did not warrant such a steep approach for landing. It is considered probable that the pilot reverted to his technique for confined space landings which are usual in Europe and did not correctly assess the approach required for the unfamiliar terrain.

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General details
Date: 06 April 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 815  
Location:12 km West of Kimba Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 03 May 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Thunder & Colt Balloons 
Aircraft model: AX7 
Aircraft registration: F-GHJC 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:12 km West of Kimba SA
Departure time:N/K
Destination:12 km West of Kimba SA
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