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The ATSB is investigating the hard landing of a Kavanagh Balloon registered VH-EUA, near Yarra Glen, Victoria on 8 February 2018.

During landing, the balloon bounced twice and landed hard. Seven people were taken to hospital, some with serious injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview crew and passengers, and gather additional information.

A final report will be released at the end 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: 08 February 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 7:15 ESuT Investigation phase: Final report: Approval 
Location   (show map):near Yarra Glen (Bleases Lane) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Kavanagh Balloons 
Aircraft model: B-350 
Aircraft registration: VH-EUA 
Serial number: B350-368 
Operator: Go Wild Ballooning 
Type of operation: Ballooning 
Sector: Balloon 
Damage to aircraft: Unknown 
Departure point:Unknown
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Last update 15 October 2018