Hot Air Balloon Crash

 In Accidents In Public Places - Case Study

On 22nd May 2016, a hot air balloon in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, burst into flames approximately 100 feet in the air, causing it to crash down to the ground. Witnesses to the accident advised that the balloon had collided with power cables, which sparked off the fire.

The incident caused the 22 year old female passenger to suffer burn injuries, requiring for her to be taken for medical attention at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Fortunately the 64 year old male pilot did not sustain any injuries.

Whilst such occurrences are rare, it is important for the organisers of such events to carry out all the relevant risk assessments on every flight to put controls into places to reduce the chance of them occurring, particularly due to its potentially dangerous nature. If these assessments fall short, then they could be deemed as being negligent should an accident occur.

On this occasion, it is reported that the weather conditions were deemed to be perfect, which is likely to be why they went ahead with the flight on this day. Whilst the results of other pre-flight assessments are unknown, it is possible that the matter may be deemed as being just an unfortunate accident, something that the Air Accident Investigation Branch will be making inquiries into.

If you have been injured whilst taking part in such an activity, you may be able to make a claim for compensation, even if you believe that you have signed a disclaimer agreeing to be subject to such risks.

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