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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau did not conduct an on-scene investigation of this occurrence. The report presented below was derived from information supplied to the Bureau.

During an approach to land in a cleared area, the balloon basket contacted a powerline. The line stretched and broke and the balloon subsequently landed uneventfully. The balloon was not damaged and all occupants evacuated without injury.

The pilot in command reported that he had seen a number of powerlines in the area but had not seen the lines that the balloon contacted. This was partially due to the lines being difficult to see because of background foliage.

The operator reported that training for their pilots in regard to searching for powerlines during an approach is being improved.

 
General details
Date: 11 August 2004 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0650 hours EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Mareeba Occurrence type:Wirestrike 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 27 August 2004 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kavanagh Balloons 
Aircraft model: B 
Aircraft registration: VH-ROU 
Serial number: B-400-250 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Mareeba, QLD
Departure time:0635 hours EST
Destination:Mareeba, QLD
 
 
 
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