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Cameron O-120 hot air balloon, G-BVXF

Date of occurrence: 01 January 2011

Summary:

The pilot was attempting to climb to an altitude of 6,000 m (approximately 19,700 ft).  Having reached an altitude of 21,500 ft the balloon descended for about 80 seconds at approximately 1,500 ft/min.  It then entered a rapid descent of approximately 5,500 ft/min from which it did not recover.  In the latter stages of the descent the envelope was seen in a collapsed, ‘streamered’ state. There was a post-impact fire, which damaged much of the balloon basket and envelope.

The British Balloon and Airship Club (BBAC) and the balloon manufacturer actively assisted in the AAIB investigation.  As a result of the accident the BBAC will be issuing guidance information for operation of hot air balloons at high altitudes.

 

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Report name:
Cameron O-120 hot air balloon, G-BVXF
Registration:
G-BVXF
Type:
Cameron O-120 hot air balloon
Location:
Midsomer Norton, Somerset
Date of occurrence:
01 January 2011
Category:
Sport Aviation/Balloons
Summary:

The pilot was attempting to climb to an altitude of 6,000 m (approximately 19,700 ft).  Having reached an altitude of 21,500 ft the balloon descended for about 80 seconds at approximately 1,500 ft/min.  It then entered a rapid descent of approximately 5,500 ft/min from which it did not recover.  In the latter stages of the descent the envelope was seen in a collapsed, ‘streamered’ state. There was a post-impact fire, which damaged much of the balloon basket and envelope.

The British Balloon and Airship Club (BBAC) and the balloon manufacturer actively assisted in the AAIB investigation.  As a result of the accident the BBAC will be issuing guidance information for operation of hot air balloons at high altitudes.

 

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