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The approach to land was made in light wind conditions and at an approximate rate of descent of 200 feet per minute. The landing was firm. When the basket impacted with the ground the pilot flying the balloon was thrown forward and fell onto the passenger. The passenger's leg was broken. The rate of descent was not excessive and should not have caused the occupants to be thrown about if they were correctly braced prior to touchdown. The pilot reported that he lost concentration at a critical moment and did not brace himself sufficiently for the landing.

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General details
Date: 14 May 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1720 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Nuriootpa Occurrence type:Miscellaneous - Other 
State: South Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 24 August 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Thunder & Colt Balloons 
Aircraft model: 69 
Aircraft registration: VH-OLA 
Serial number: 588 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Seppeltsfield SA
Departure time:1630
Destination:Nuriootpa SA
 
 
 
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