The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a hard landing involving Kavanagh Balloons B-350, registered VH-BSW, that occurred 4 km north-north-east of Lilydale Airport, Victoria on 31 December 2021.
While landing in windy conditions, the balloon initially touched down in a field before the pilot decided to manoeuvre the balloon over the fences of adjacent fields to land. While landing, the balloon’s basket was dragged about 30 metres before coming to rest, resulting in serious injuries to two of the 16 passengers on board.
As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will examine weather data, operator procedures, and interview the pilot and relevant witnesses.
A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, 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.
|Date:||31 December 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0650 AEST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||4 km north-north-east of Lilydale Airport||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Victoria||Occurrence type:||Hard landing|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Serious|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2022|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Kavanagh Balloons|
|Operator||PICTURE THIS BALLOONING PTY. LTD.|
|Type of operation||Ballooning|
|Damage to aircraft||Unknown|