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The ATSB is investigating the hard landing of a Kavanagh Balloon registered VH-OKX, near Greta, NSW on 13 January 2018.

During landing, the balloon landed hard and struck vegetation. One passenger sustained serious injuries and four passengers sustained minor injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview crew and passengers, and gather additional information.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 13 January 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 6:10 ESuT Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):Maitland Airport, NW 15 km (Greta) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kavanagh Balloons 
Aircraft model: B-425 
Aircraft registration: VH-OKX 
Serial number: B425-540 
Operator: The International Balloon Flight Company (Australia) 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Sector: Balloon 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Whittingham, NSW
Destination:Greta, NSW
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Last update 03 December 2018