Cameron Z-375, G-VBFN
During the landing phase of the flight the pilot was concentrating on a single set of cables, which he cleared before landing in his chosen field, towards dusk. On touchdown, and ‘ripping out’ of the balloon’s deflation system, he noticed a second set of cables, probably 11 kV, about 100 ft downwind. The envelope touched these cables but “slithered off”, without apparent damage, and the utility company confirmed no damage to the cables. The pilot commented that his lesson learned was that sets of cables may be sited close to each other and that, in concentrating on the first set, he had not observed the second.
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