Aviation safety investigations & reports

Thuncolt 60-69A, VH-OLA, Nuriootpa SA, 14 May 1989

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Status: Completed
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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    
Location: Nuriootpa    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 24 August 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

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