Aviation safety investigations & reports

Thundercolt 105-A, VH-KRM, Bald Hills (16 km N Brisbane City) QLD, 20 May 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Due to wind conditions at the landing site, the pilot decided that a firm touchdown was required to avoid the possibility of the balloon dragging. The landing was not heavy, but as the balloon touched down a passenger released her grip of the hand hold. As the basket leaned, she fell forward and struck the fuel cylinder, breaking two ribs.

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General details
Date: 20 May 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 730    
Location: Bald Hills (16 km N Brisbane City)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 28 June 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Thunder & Colt Balloons  
Aircraft model 105  
Aircraft registration VH-KRM  
Serial number 1103  
Type of operation Ballooning  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Coorparoo QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Bald Hills QLD