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The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving Kavanagh Balloons G-525, VH-HVW, operated by The International Balloon Flight Company (Australia), at Pokolbin, New South Wales, on 30 March 2018.

During landing, the balloon struck a tree and subsequently landed heavily resulting in substantial damage. The ATSB has identified that of 24 passengers, three sustained serious injuries and 13 sustained minor injuries.

The ATSB is continuing to gather information relating to the accident.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

 
General details
Date: 30 March 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 7:10 ESuT Investigation phase: Evidence-Collection 
Location   (show map):near Cessnock Aerodrome (Pokolbin) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Expected completion: 3rd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kavanagh Balloons 
Aircraft model: G-525 
Aircraft registration: VH-HVW 
Serial number: G525-535 
Operator: The International Balloon Flight Company (Australia) 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Balloon 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Peppers Creek, NSW
Destination:Hope West, NSW
 
 
 
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Last update 12 April 2018