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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145010
Last updated: 23 June 2018
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Time:08:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
LIndstrand LBL-210A Balloon
Owner/operator:Toucan Travel/Balloons Over Britain
Registration: G-BZDE
C/n / msn: 665
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Near West Haddlesey, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:York Racecourse, Knavesmire, York
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
A hot air balloon crashed into 66,000-volt power lines near West Haddlesey, North Yorkshire. All of the passengers and the pilot are understood to have escaped without injury. Northern Powergrid said the power supply was automatically cut off and it was repairing damage to the lines. The passengers were taken back to York Racecourse from where it is believed the balloon had earlier taken off, said North Yorkshire Police.

Balloon Rides, which operated the flight, said: "There was an increase in surface winds on landing and the balloon caught the wire on landing." It said there were no injuries and only minor damage to the balloon.

UPDATE; According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident...

"The hot air balloon carried one pilot and 10 passengers on an evening pleasure flight. After several attempts to find a suitable landing site, the pilot decided to land the balloon in a field containing high voltage power lines. The pilot was forced to climb to avoid a tree a short distance before the power lines, after which there was insufficient distance either to land safely or to guarantee clearing the power lines in a continued climb. The pilot therefore initiated a rapid descent, but the balloon envelope contacted the power lines whilst the basket was still airborne. The basket then sank to the ground, with no reported injuries to its occupants."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Scorching and abrasion damage to balloon envelope"


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Revision history:

13-Apr-2012 04:02 gerard57 Added
13-Apr-2012 05:17 RobertMB Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
13-Oct-2012 16:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Oct-2012 16:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Source]
26-Nov-2014 14:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
24-Dec-2016 01:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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