Lindstrand LBL 210A hot air balloon, G-BZDE, 16 April 2006
Lindstrand LBL 210A hot air balloon, G-BZDE
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.
Published: 10 December 2014
Date of occurrence: 16 April 2006