Cameron Z-250 Balloon, G-CDIN
The flight was planned as a pleasure flight of around one hour duration. At a low height, while the pilot was searching for a suitable landing site, the balloon encountered an area of sinking air on the lee side of a hill. The basket and frame contacted a concrete and brick bunker, hit the ground and then lifted off again. The pilot brought the balloon back down and it eventually came to rest against a large tree some 230 m further on. There were a number of injuries sustained amongst those on board. It was suspected that most of the injuries occurred during the initial impact.
Published 10 December 2014