Aviation safety investigations & reports

Kavanagh Balloons Pty Ltd B-400, VH-ROU

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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    
Location   (show map): Mareeba    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 27 August 2004   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 13 May 2014