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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Sawtell  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 19 February 1990 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
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
 
 
 
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