As readers of this blog might remember, we recently wrote about the rarity of hot air balloon accidents in terms of fatal accidents. However, while accidents do happen from time to time involving these aircraft, it is rare that they cause severe injuries to their occupants.
When people embark on a trip on a hot air balloon, the last thing they might think of is the danger of the situation. Accidents are rare but not unheard of; on average, the National Transportation Safety Board has investigated more than a dozen incidents per year in the last half-century.
When a relatively new aircraft hits the market, it undergoes a battery of tests and simulations to make sure it is safe to fly. However, despite that, it sometimes happens that defective products are installed or the plane is otherwise not performing up to expectations. That has happened with alarming frequency in recent weeks with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, which is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately.