Aviation safety investigations & reports

Thunder & Colt 160 (Hot Air Balloon), VH-HKK, Belford State Forest (Hunter Valley) NSW, 1 April 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 08 June 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

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.  
Destination N/A