Aviation safety investigations & reports

A communication event involving hot air balloon VH-OAF, near Cessnock Airport, NSW on 22 March 2014

Investigation number:
Status: Discontinued


Section 21 (2) of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act) empowers the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to discontinue an investigation into a transport safety matter at any time. Section 21 (3) of the TSI Act requires the ATSB to publish a statement setting out the reasons for discontinuing an investigation.

On 25 March 2014, the ATSB commenced an investigation into a reported controlled airspace infringement involving an unknown hot air balloon, west of Maitland Airport, New South Wales, on 22 March 2014.

Examination of the information collected during the investigation indicated that the balloon did not enter controlled airspace and that the event did not constitute a Transport Safety Matter under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

On that basis, the ATSB has decided to discontinue the investigation.

General details
Date: 22 March 2014   Investigation status: Discontinued  
Time: 9:53 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Maitland Airport west 11 Km    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Communications - Other  
Release date: 05 June 2014   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Discontinued   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2014    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Unknown  
Type of operation Ballooning  
Sector Balloon  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Last update 14 November 2018