Aviation safety investigations & reports

Kavanagh AX-8 Balloon, VH-LVB, 12 km West of Kimba SA, 6 April 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The balloon was engaged in the Trans Australia Balloon Challenge. The pilot is the current Champion of Denmark. The landing was being made in 10 knot wind conditions. The injured crew member had been briefed for the landing but, for reasons unknown, she attempted to change her position for landing just on touchdown. As a result, she lost her grip and was thrown from the basket. The basket settled on her leg as it passed over her and broke her right ankle.

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General details
Date: 06 April 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 815    
Location: 12 km West of Kimba    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 03 May 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-LVB  
Serial number KB-019  
Type of operation Ballooning  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Kimba SA  
Departure time N/K  
Destination 12 km West of Kimba SA