Aviation safety investigations & reports

Ground handling event involving Kavanagh B-400 Balloon, VH-LNB, near Coldstream, Victoria, on 16 March 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating a ground handling accident resulting in injury to passengers involving a Kavanagh Balloons 400 series hot air balloon, registered VH-LNB, near Coldstream, Victoria, on 16 March 2019. 

On the morning of 16 March 2019 the balloon departed Dixons Creek, Victoria with 16 passengers and one crew on board. At about 08:20 am the pilot landed the balloon near Coldstream, Victoria. During the deflation of the balloon, the basket toppled over resulting in serious injuries to two passengers.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain relevant technical data, interview witnesses and personnel and gather any 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 those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 16 March 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0820 AEST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): NE of Coldstream   Investigation phase: Final report: Approval  
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Ground handling  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Serious  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Kavanagh Balloons  
Aircraft model B-400  
Aircraft registration VH-LNB  
Serial number B400-440  
Operator Picture This Ballooning  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Balloon  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Private property near Dixons Creek  
Destination Private property near Coldstream  
Last update 18 May 2020