Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving Kavanagh E-240 Balloon, VH-LUD, near Yamanto, Qld

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into a collision with terrain involving a Kavanagh E-240 Balloon, registration VH-LUD near Yamanto, Queensland on 8 October 2021.

After a clear flight on the morning of 8 October 2021, VH-LUD descended into thick fog during landing. In the process of climbing back out of the fog, the balloon encountered a tree, and the lower end of the balloon envelope was damaged by tree branches. The balloon continued flying and landed in an open field. There were no reported injuries.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the pilot, a review of maintenance completed, and a review of the current regulations around balloon operations in foggy conditions.

A report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 08 October 2021   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 06:25 E. Australia Standard Time   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Near Yamanto   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Kavanagh Balloons  
Aircraft model E-240  
Aircraft registration VH-LUD  
Serial number E240-527  
Type of operation Ballooning  
Sector Balloon  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Rosewood Qld  
Destination Yamanto Qld  
Last update 25 November 2021