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.
|Date:||16 March 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0820 AEST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||NE of Coldstream||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Victoria||Occurrence type:||Ground handling|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Serious|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2019|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Kavanagh Balloons|
|Operator||Picture This Ballooning|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Private property near Dixons Creek|
|Destination||Private property near Coldstream|