Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hot Air Balloon, north-east of Wagga Wagga, NSW, 22 November 1975

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The cause of the accident was an in-flight activation of the rapid deflation system. A possible explanation is that the activation occurred when, following an encounter with a 'willy willy', spinning of the envelope and basket resulted in the chimney control line entangling with the twisting basket and burner suspension lines.

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General details
Date: 22 November 1975   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1345 ESuT    
Location   (show map): near Wagga Wagga    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 26 January 1977   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Last update 13 May 2014