Once again I have come across a classic example of where we would assume something is heavily regulated for safety reasons, and the safety regulations are not enforced. The regulations may well have been adequate but the enforcement very clearly and very obviously was not. I am not directing this particularly at NZ as I don't think we do any better.
Remember the tragic balloon fire and crash in New Zealand earlier this year where eleven people died? A preliminary report has been handed down.
The balloon pilot had cannabis in his system. This may or may not be relevant. If he smoked cannabis a week before, it could still show in his system but he is hardly likely to be affected. If a cause has been determined, I have not seen it in the newspaper or the report.
The investigating authority stated that the balloon should not have been in the air. The burners and LPG fuel system had not been correctly
inspected, the balloon material had not been properly strength-tested,
and a safety logbook was left incomplete.