Pilots  livelihood  destroyed

after he  raised what was to be

tragically proven passenger safety concerns



Edited Cappadocia accident  Ediction 23 December 2014

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Fourth fatal balloon accident takes place in the Turkish flying area of Cappadocia.

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 Passenger safety is a swear word within the industry says BBAC members

 For the benefit of those brought this site as result of the latest Turkish balloon tragedy, I would respectfully point out that the hot air balloon rides industry  has a long established history of ridiculing pilots that have stepped forward  with their safety concerns.  Whilst this lack of support for such pilots, this exists throughout the entire industry. furthermore it is most prevalent amongst the UK hot air balloon rides industry,  where members of the British Balloon and Airship Club  gave me a firm warning that  that I would not have any friends within the British rides industry if I continued with my public awareness program.

Evidence that there is no friend of pilots that speak out on legitimate passenger safety concerns surrounding balloon safaris

They went on to say "we all know that passenger safety is a swear word, if anybody attempts to do anything about it the either frowned upon or worse, especially if it's going to cost money.




1:       On May 5, 2010 I warned the public to expect tragedy coming out of the Serengeti Balloon  Safaris operation

2:      April 2010 I was threatened with a revolver

3:      29 September 2010 second  in accident a year,  two passengers killed, 8 seriously injured

4:     November 2010 my house surrounded by face masked  men

5:      In pursuit of silencem, intimidation continues to this day


two passnger die on balloon safaris

  Passenger fatalities result from balloon safaris third fatal accident

 Serengeti Balloon Accident (SBA) came about after  Capt Nigel was subjected to a barrage of threats and intimidation for raising safety concerns, this is the innovation of myself, long-standing hot air balloon safety advocate, former pilot & safety officer for Uk owned Serengeti Balloon Safaris Ltd (SBS) Prior to this site going public www.hotairballoonsafety.com  was the forerunner. Unfortunately having correctly predicted that there would be a tragedy in the Serengeti, has to a large extent intensified investigations into the balloon rides industry.

Congested air space

Whilst being interviewed by the Independent on Sunday surrounding the world's worst balloon accident   in which 19 passengers were killed in the Egyptian fiasco, I stated that I was surprised that such an accident had not come out of Turkey. When reporter Matthew Bell  enquired   as to why I had concerns for  the Turkish flying area of Cappadocia, I'd explained various anomalies. Weeks later  two balloon in that area   had a mid air collision, just as I had   predicted

  British pilots refusing to fly in Turkey after revolver incident

One of such anomalies  was the the widely reported use of firearms, so used in order to encourage pilots to fly in unfavourable conditions. Some British pilots are refusing to work there for this reason. Nevertheless of prime For my  passenger safety concern was the sheer volume of balloons in the sky at anyone time that could have totaled as many as 127, a clear indication  that it was just a matter of time before we to see a third fatal accident in that area.   With tragic consequences we didn't have to wait long.

  Turkey, not the first midair collision midair collision

Weeks after the Egyptian disaster, a midair collision between two balloons took place exactly as I had predicted in the Cappadocia flying area, again producing more injuries and fatalities.  however these countries were not alone, Switzerland Australia all contributed in making 2013 the worst year on record for the balloon rides industry. My experience with Turkey brought about a third website  of www.cappadocia-balloon-accidents.com where you can see some startling revelations regarding the good image of ballooning, I very much doubt that we seen the last of accidents in this flying area.

Power line concern for UK balloon rides  operators

Whilst I would have no hesitation in stating that the UK ballooning fertility  may have   high standards  then say Egypt's or Turkey, I can't help but notice that there's been an increase in balloons crashing into power lines. As many would understand power line incursions  are almost inevitable for light aircraft, particularly for  hot air balloons for the  simple reason balloons do not have designated landing areas. With the UK relatively cramped & overcrowded,  by necessity the National Grid saving every corner of the country,  bring about the proliferation of  high-voltage pylons. For these reasons I would say that it's highly likely that the UK is on track for a similar accident that we witnessed taking place in New Zealand when all 11 on board was electrocuted.

 Whilst many around the world, particularly Australia and the USA gave support to my concerns, strangely the same could not be said for the UK. In 2010 I was to receive a warning that by going public, regardless of the validties of my safety concerns, I would not have any friends in the UK balloon rides industry, furthermore going on to say that would find  difficult to get work. not content with that the author went on to state that   “safety is a swearword” “and anyone that attempts to do anything about it is frowned upon, especially if its going to cost money”.

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Similar to the majority of web site, this site remains constantly under construction.   For that reason followers are advised to check back on a weekly basis. Readers can rest assured that should other credible information become available, I shall endeavour to update accordingly.

Should you feel appalled by what is taking place or indeed incensed by what I have written, I would  genuinely encourage your involvement, therefore to afford all that feel the need to get involved in the public discussions, please to do so via Facebook Nigel Pogmore, just send a friend request.

This Latest edition of this easier to navigate site was first published on 15 November 2014, at the time of publishing all page links seemed to have worked correctly, nevertheless should you be unfortunate to experience any difficulty in accessing any particular page, please do let me know at SBA Support

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A typical windy takeoff in for the  Serengeti national park

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 these images are used in order to attempt get the message across

 For these reasons if you have in some way been caught up in the recent accidents you are advised that this site may not be for you at this time.

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     Updated  12.12.2014                         

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