Hot air balloon owner hit with manslaughter charge

THE owner of a Northern Territory ballooning company is devastated, after being slapped with a charge of manslaughter after a tourist died. 

The Northern Territory News reported that Steph Bernoth was getting ready to climb into the hot air balloon basket when her scarf was sucked into an inflating fan, causing serious neck injuries, in July 2013.

The 35-year-old from New South Wales died a week later in hospital.


Pilot Jason Livingston had only owned Outback Ballooning for a handful of days before the accident, he is expected to face court in November.

An investigation by the Australian Safety Transport Bureau, is due to be handed down next month.