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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141667
Last updated: 17 November 2018
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Date:07-JAN-2012
Time:07:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cameron A-210
Owner/operator:Early Morning Balloons Ltd
Registration: ZK-XXF
C/n / msn: 4300
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Clareville, south Wairarapa -   New Zealand
Phase: Approach
Nature:Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A Cameron A-210 hot air balloon, registered ZK-XXF, struck 33kV power lines, causing the basket to catch fire. The balloon was engulfed in flames when arcing caused one of the ballons LPG canisters to burst and crashed into a paddock near Somerset Road at Clareville near Carterton, New Zealand. The balloon operated on a scenic flight. All eleven occupants were killed.

TAIC concluded that poor judgement and poor decision-making were factors contributing to this accident. TAIC found that the pilot's use of cannabis could not be excluded as a factor contributing to his errors of judgement, and therefore to the accident.
TAIC also found that the practices of the maintenance provider for the balloon were not in accordance with Civil Aviation Rules.

In April 2015, coroner Peter Ryan described the accident as "entirely preventable" and caused by "a significant error of judgement" by the pilot. Although there was no proof the pilot had used cannabis before the flight, statements from people who knew him, as well as post-mortem forensic tests, revealed that he was a weekly cannabis user and the long term effects of using the drug could have had an "effect on his perception and thinking".

Sources:

https://nz.news.yahoo.com/hot-air-balloon-tragedy-claims-eleven-lives-12523669.html
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10777246
http://www.3news.co.nz/11-dead-in-hot-air-balloon-accident-near-Carterton/tabid/423/articleID/238405/Default.aspx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Carterton_hot_air_balloon_crash
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_nV0MBgnf5tA/ScvMX3tHuGI/AAAAAAAABwU/putm7C1u9yA/s1600/XXF%2BMS%2B21-03-09%2B(7).JPG (photo)
https://taic.org.nz/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=8QMbPV%2bNTCM%3d&tabid=78&language=en-US
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/67997417/carterton-balloon-deaths-entirely-preventable--coroner
http://web.archive.org/web/20160313122533/https://www.caa.govt.nz/public_and_media_info/caa_releases/caa_release_carterton.htm

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 001/12 issued 15 February 2012 by TAIC to CAA NZ


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jan-2012 12:46 angels one five Added
06-Jan-2012 13:07 angels one five Updated [Time]
06-Jan-2012 13:42 harro Updated [Source, Damage]
06-Jan-2012 13:58 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2012 14:32 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
07-Jan-2012 05:50 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
09-Jan-2012 12:47 Anon. Updated [Operator, Phase]
22-Jan-2012 08:14 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
22-Jan-2012 08:18 harro Updated [Narrative]
16-Aug-2014 14:20 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Aug-2014 14:41 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
29-Jun-2015 12:12 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Nature, Source, Narrative]
22-May-2018 00:29 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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