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After landing in a sheltered gully, the pilot became concerned that the retrieval crew might not have access to the area. He therefore elected to proceed to another area about 3 kilometres away. At this location, a landing was carried out in 10 knot wind conditions. The basket made a hard flat contact with the ground, before being pulled over on its side by the deflating balloon canopy and the wind. Because of the possibility of the balloon making contact with a fence during the landing, the pilot had instructed all passengers to squat below the edge of the basket, which possibly made their stance for the landing unstable. One passenger received a fractured ankle when her leg twisted under her as the basket rolled over.

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General details
Date: 01 April 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0700 Approx.  
Location:Belford State Forest (Hunter Valley) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 08 June 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Thunder & Colt Balloons 
Aircraft model: 160 
Aircraft registration: VH-HKK 
Serial number: 934 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:North Rothbury NSW
Departure time:0600 Approx.
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