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The pilot intended to fly the balloon to Jacobs Well, due east of his take-off point at the Coomera Golf course. When the balloon rose to about 100 ft above ground level, he saw that extensive areas of fog covered the ground in the vicinity of Jacobs Well. He rejected the flight and landed back on the golf course in the middle of a fairway, only 70 m from his take-off point. He called his ground crew assistant over to tow the balloon by a trailing rope to the edge of the fairway as he did not want to bring the recovery vehicle onto the fairway. His passenger had left the basket but the ground crew member had difficulty moving the balloon. The pilot decided to swap places with her. The ground crew member operated the balloon's burners as required and the pilot towed the balloon to the side of the fairway. When the balloon touched trees, the gas was turned off at the tanks and the envelope deflated. As it did so, the basket rolled onto one side on sloping ground. The ground crew member struck her head on the burner controls lighting both burners for several seconds as the gas burnt out of the supply lines. The ground crew member received burns to the upper part of her body, including inhalation damage to her oesophagus. The pilot received minor burns.
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General details
Date: 18 April 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 6:50 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 13 March 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft model: 69A 
Aircraft registration: VH-HGB 
Sector: Balloon 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Ormeau QLD
Destination:Jacobs Well QLD
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