Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to the Transport Accident Investigation Commission of NZ - recovery of data from a hand-held GPS unit - hot-air balloon accident near Carterton, New Zealand, 7 January 2012

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 7 January 2012, while operating in the vicinity of Carterton, New Zealand, a Cameron Balloons A-210 hot-air balloon, registered ZK-XXF, contacted power lines and caught fire before colliding with terrain.  The 11 occupants were fatally injured.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) of New Zealand is responsible for the investigation of this occurrence.  On 14 March 2012, the TAIC formally requested the assistance of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the recovery of data from a damaged GPS receiver found at the accident site.

The ATSB successfully recovered the accident data from the GPS receiver. This data and a technical report have been sent to the TAIC of New Zealand to assist its ongoing investigation. The TAIC is responsible for releasing a final investigation report regarding this occurrence.



Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 07 January 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Carterton, New Zealand    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 July 2012   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cameron Balloons Ltd  
Aircraft model A-210  
Aircraft registration ZK-XXF  
Type of operation Ballooning  
Sector Balloon  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Last update 03 April 2020