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The pilot reported making an approach to land in light winds. The balloon skipped once and then made a slightly heavier than normal landing after brushing through a small tree. A female passenger complained of injury while still in the basket after landing. The balloon was deflated and the injured passenger was left in the basket for the trip to the hospital. A later report revealed that the passenger had suffered tibial plateau fractures to both legs. Witnesses and other passengers made no adverse comments about the severity of the landing. The injured passenger was wearing suitable footwear, but may have assumed an incorrect position when bracing for the landing.

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General details
Date: 07 October 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 650  
Location:2 km West of Alice Springs Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 06 May 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Thunder & Colt Balloons 
Aircraft model: 240 
Aircraft registration: VH-HKP 
Serial number: KBO54 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Emily Gap (15km NE of Alice Springs) NT
Departure time:0620
Destination:Alice Springs NT
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