Man Escapes Balloon Accident that Would Have Killed Others

When you trust the wind, things can get squirrely. Somehow, after running into a live power line and landing in a lake, the pilot was okay.



Howell’s hot air balloon festival took a terrifying turn when a man crashed his balloon into some power lines.

The balloon was flying over Thompson Lake that morning when it hit a power line and crashed into the water. A couple of Good Samaritans saw it all happen and rushed to help.




“I saw the yellow balloon; it was coming down pretty quick. Half the balloon part was missing and then it went into the water,” says Kirk Gunning.

The balloon’s pilot, who was flying solo, wasn’t hurt.




Gunning and his neighbors who live on the lake did immediately what they could to help. They helped bring the pilot and the balloon to shore.

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