Aviation safety investigations & reports

Kavanagh 120 Balloon, VH-UOZ, Sawtell NSW, 16 December 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was guiding the balloon to a final approach for landing into a large clearing. He attempted to reduce a slight overshoot by operating the parachute vent, which is actuated by pulling on a line, of which the lower section is constructed of Kevlar material. When pulled, the lower parachute vent line became detached at a bowline joint, resulting in the balloon touching down near a large gum tree. After touchdown the envelope drifted onto the tree, sustaining substantial damage. The lower vent line was originally constructed from stainless steel but had been replaced with Kevlar in accordance with an engineering order from the manufacturer.

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General details
Date: 16 December 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 700    
Location: Sawtell    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 19 February 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Kavanagh Balloons  
Aircraft model E  
Aircraft registration VH-UOZ  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Ballooning  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Boambee NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Sawtell NSW