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The ATSB is investigating a hard landing involving a Kavanagh Balloons E240, VH-DUX, near Essendon Airport, Victoria, on 2 April 2018.

During fast winds and minor turbulence, the pilot carried out a quick descent, resulting in a hard landing. The balloon was dragged for approximately 15 metres after landing. A passenger and the pilot suffered minor injuries.

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

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: 02 April 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0715 EST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):near Essendon Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kavanagh Balloons 
Aircraft model: E-240 
Aircraft registration: VH-DUX 
Serial number: E240-525 
Operator: Global Ballooning Pty Ltd 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Balloon 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Fawkner Park, Victoria
Destination:Rosanna Golf Course, Victoria
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Last update 11 July 2018