The ATSB is investigating an in-flight fire involving a Kavanagh B-350 hot-air balloon, registered VH-ZYO, near Coldstream, Victoria, on 26 December 2018.
During cruise, the pilot detected a fire onboard the balloon from the front, left burner, which could not be extinguished. The pilot conducted a forced landing and the balloon was destroyed by the fire. As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the burner and affected components, obtain technical and recorded data and interview relevant personnel.
A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation
|Date:||26 December 2018||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||6:15 ESuT||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Coldstream (ALA)||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|Report status:||Pending||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Expected completion:||2nd Quarter 2019||Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Kavanagh Balloons|
|Operator||Go Wild Ballooning|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|