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.

 

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“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.

 

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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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