Three agencies are currently investigating the tragedy, including WorkSafe Victoria, the Air Transport Safety Bureau and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

An expert aviation lawyer, Peter Carter, has detailed the next steps involved in investigating the hot-air ballooning tragedy in Melbourne on Monday.

Joining Matt Shirvington on Sunrise on Tuesday, Carter spoke about the tragic circumstances of the incident, which is currently under investigation by WorkSafe Victoria, the Air Transport Safety Bureau, and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Carter said all bases would be covered.

“The investigators will be talking to all the occupants, the operator, to get an understanding of exactly what happened,” Carter began.

“They will be looking a regulatory compliance, they will be trying to get an idea of the motivation of the passenger who left the gondola.

“They will be interested in the booking, when it was made, trying to get the full story as to why it occurred.”

Shirvington questioned Carter on regulations regarding hot-air ballooning.

Carter said due to it being a “commercial operation”, it was subject to regulation governing any commercial endeavour.

Carter explained he didn’t think the incident would “change the face” of hot-air ballooning, such as regulators introducing new safety measures for operators and passengers.

“It depends on what the investigators decide and recommend,” Carter said.

“They could, for example, put a canopy over the gondola to prevent people from exiting but if they did that they will have to lock doors on light aircraft and helicopters.”

The experienced lawyer said it was “doubtful” it would happen because it was such an unusual event.

“I don’t think that will happen. This is a very unusual event. (It has) never happened before, but we have to wait to see what the investigators decide,” he said.

Carter said the entire industry was upset over the incident, saying it was a “niche” industry.

“Balloonists are special people … they are enormously shocked,” he said.

On Monday, a man died when he fell from the balloon onto a residential street in Preston, in northeast Melbourne.

His body was found on Albert St about 7.30am.

Powerlines were seen fallen across the road. Power was cut to several homes.

The balloon made an emergency landing in nearby Yarra Bend Park a short time later and police were seen talking to people who were also on board.

The National Commercial Hot-Air Ballooning Industry and Australian Ballooning Federation issued a statement, after the company BalloonMan was asked for comment.

The groups offered condolences to the man’s loved ones.

“Hot-air balloon baskets are designed with safety in mind, specifically to prevent passengers from falling out accidentally or from any accidental exit,” the statement said.

“Passengers and the pilot are understandably traumatised by this tragedy and the operator is arranging psychological support and counselling for all affected.”

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