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Hard landing involving Kavanagh Balloons E-300, VH-LPG, near York, WA, on 16 July 2016

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Status: Completed
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On the morning of 16 July 2016, a Kavanagh Balloons E-300 hot-air balloon, registered VH-LPG, departed for a one-hour scenic flight from Irishtown, Western Australia. On board were the pilot and 16 passengers.

The balloon tracked in a south-easterly direction and after about 52 minutes of flight covering a distance of about 33 km, the pilot made an approach to a vacant paddock near York. The balloon made an initial ground contact with about 15 kt forward speed. When the balloon struck the ground, the pilot was ejected from the balloon basket. The basket was then dragged over the top of the pilot as the balloon envelope continued to deflate. The pilot was seriously injured and air lifted to the Royal Perth Hospital. One passenger received a minor injury and the balloon sustained minor damage.

As a result of this accident the balloon operator has introduced pilot restraint harnesses into all of their balloons.


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General details
Date: 16 July 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0752 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near York (ALA), SE 1 km (Bayly Road)    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 14 October 2016   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Kavanagh Balloons  
Aircraft model E-300  
Aircraft registration VH-LPG  
Serial number E300-361  
Operator Westwind Adventures  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Balloon  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Irishtown, WA  
Destination York, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018