AAIB investigation to Sky 220-24 hot air balloon, G-SPEL

Passenger fell out of basket during landing, Bashall Eaves, Lancashire, 14 June 2017.


The balloon was on commercial passenger flight with six passengers. After an uneventful flight the balloon landed firmly, at a horizontal speed relative to the ground of about 9 kt, and the basket tipped over onto its side, during which one passenger fell out. The passenger was seriously injured.

The operator is considering safety actions regarding how it conducts the passenger safety briefings.

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Published 8 March 2018