Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cameron N-105 (Hot Air Balloon), VH-XPO, Aspley, Brisbane QLD, 17 April 1988

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Status: Completed
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The balloon was launched in a south-westerly wind of about 10 knots. About 20 minutes after take-off the windspeed had increased to about 15 knots, and the pilot decided to land in the grounds of the Aspley High School. As the balloon passed over a small hill it climbed to about 400 feet above ground level. It had then descended to about 150 feet, when the pilot noticed telegraph lines ahead. He ignited both burners for 12 seconds and it became evident that the basket would only just clear the lines. At the same instant he noticed powerlines some five metres above the telegraph lines. With impact imminent, the pilot instructed the passengers to crouch down and hold on to the handholds. Both burners were turned off and he began deflating the balloon. Following the collision with the powerlines, the lines and seven of the twelve flying wires of the balloon melted. This resulted in the basket hanging at a 45 degree angle to the horizontal. The basket and balloon struck the ground some 250 metres from the lines, bounced, and finally came to rest after sliding a further 40 metres.

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General details
Date: 17 April 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 703    
Location: Aspley, Brisbane    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 06 August 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cameron Balloons Ltd  
Aircraft model N  
Aircraft registration VH-XPO  
Serial number 1686  
Type of operation Ballooning  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Davies Park, Brisbane QLD  
Departure time 0632  
Destination Aspley, Brisbane QLD