Sector Aviation

Passenger injured during hot air balloon boarding procedure, Cameron A-450LW, 19 July 2016 Almelo

Introduction

The pilot of the hot air balloon was preparing to carry out a flight from Almelo to Daarle. While the balloon was being inflated, the sixteen passengers booked on the flight were getting into the balloon’s basket. At the moment the balloon’s basket began to right itself, the chute’s Velcro fastening came undone, causing it to open and halting the inflation of the balloon. As a result, the balloon’s basket tipped back onto its side and a passenger, who was boarding at that time, fell out of the balloon’s basket. After her fall, she complained of a sore shoulder but still wanted to complete the flight. After the flight, she visited a hospital where it emerged that she had suffered a fractured rib and a pneumothorax.

The report can be found in the Quarterly Report Aviation for the third quarter of 2016.

Statistics

  • Start date 19 jul. 2016
  • End date 30 sep. 2016
  • Type investigationShort
  • Status investigationClosed

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