Serengeti Balloon Accident

 

Balloon passengers killed  in the Serengeti

 Serengeti Balloon Safaris

 Windy takeoffs  similar to this, are the norm in the Serengeti

 

 Support from the USA,  FAA Pilot Examiner

On 11 Feb 2010, at 21:26, alanwzee wrote:
Nigel
 
The hardest thing a person can do is stand up for what he thinks is right when others fail to see the negative events about to unfold.  It might not be the popular thing, but you know it is the prudent and safe thing to do.  We call that professionalism and that is what the FAA certificate and privilege you hold as a commercial pilot.  You are obligated to do the right thing and others will eventually look to you as the example of a professional, which you are.
 
You did the right thing and have the stamina to survive the critics. 
 
Stay on course and stay in touch.
 
Alan Z

 

Every pilot's dilemma,

 Faced with obvious passenger safety concerns, an operator so stubbornly resistant to change, the nightmare begins. To sit back and say nothing  in order to selfishly safeguard one's own career, or take a stand in an attempt to avert tragedy of aforementioned negative events, is undoubtedly one of the most unenviable position  that any professional pilot can ever be placed in, however i found this to be the this case at UK owned Serengeti Balloon Safaris Ltd.

  After receiving the above magnanimous show of support, on 29 September 2010  Serengeti Balloon Safaris experienced their sixth accident, three of which had produced no less than five fatalities.  In this instance, one American  along with a Danish passenger were killed, eight others sustained serious injury, injuries so serious that many  shall suffer for the rest of their lives. 

Unimaginably, whilst at the crash scene, the wife of the Danish passenger killed , although she herself suffering from serious back injury, unable to use her legs, yet with the use of arms she managed  crawl towards her  husband. She then held him in her arms, each heart wrenchingly saying their final goodbyes  minutes before he passed away.

  Later once back in Denmark, the family engineering business which  the couple headed, folded, in doing so denying her of any income. This brought about an early out-of-court settlement,  yet shamelessly SBS taking full advantage of the deplorable situation, one that Serengeti Balloon Safaris  (SBS) had managed to include   a gagging order within.

Since going public, there been many challenges waged against me as SBS have attempted to prevent the truth from coming out.   Prior to the accident, conscious  of unattended safety issues, one must ask as to whether it was a coincidence, that in  April 2010, I was threatened at gunpoint, along the lines that unless I took down my website, I may have an accident that I may not recover from ?

 Easily identifying that the operator was on a missed approach, perhaps brought about by the lack of the required safety culture, in May 2010, I publicly predicted that SBS would suffer yet another accident. Unfortunately  my readers,  that included many critics from within this   highly protective industry, didn't have to wait long to witness this prediction tragically come to fruition.  If there was ever to be a time, when one wished one was wrong, this would have to be it, I can't over emphasise, that I have no wish to climb on the backs of the deceased in order to further my case.

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