Balloon tragedy report to be released

Last updated 16:03 08/05/2012

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A report examining the Carterton balloon tragedy will be published later this week providing the first official details of what took place on January 7.

The preliminary report of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) will be anounced at a press conference in Wellington on Thursday  morning, four months after the crash that killed all 11 people on board.

While it is set to provide details of what happened, questions of why the tragedy occurred and any key lessons will be reserved until TAIC's final report, due to be released in March next year.

TAIC spokesman Peter Northcote said families of the victim's had already been briefed on the contents of the report.

All eleven people on board a hot air balloon, piloted by Lance Hopping died when it struck power lines and burst in flames at 7.25am on Saturday 7 January crashing to the ground at Somerset Rd north-east of Carterton.

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