Aviation safety investigations & reports

In-flight fire involving Kavanagh B-350 hot-air balloon, VH-ZYO, near Coldstream, Victoria on 26 December 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


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

General details
Date: 26 December 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 6:15 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Coldstream (ALA)   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Fire  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Kavanagh Balloons  
Aircraft model B-350  
Aircraft registration VH-ZYO  
Serial number B350-276  
Operator Go Wild Ballooning  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Balloon  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Last update 29 April 2019