A hot air balloon landed with no injuries

Balloon snagged in Langley’s Brookswood neighbourhood

A hot air balloon got caught on a pole Brookswood Secondary Thursday.

The passengers were okay, but a hot air balloon was snagged on a floodlight after landing at Brookswood Secondary’s soccer field on July 14.

The balloon was making a morning flight and came down in one of the school’s sports fields.

A man who identified himself as the balloon’s pilot, but declined to give his name, said the balloon didn’t hit a tree or any other obstacle.

“It was basically just a landing that was a little too close there and got hung up on top,” said the pilot.

None of the six people on board at the time were injured.

Resident Guy Lloyd came by to check out the balloon after its landing.

Lloyd lives near Noel Booth Park and had seen the balloon drifting overhead earlier that morning.

He said it was heading south-easterly at first, then the operator used the burner to gain altitude.

When it rose, the balloon stopped for a minute, then picked up a different wind that took it northwest, said Lloyd.

Then later in the morning, he heard it had come down at Brookswood.

The pilot was waiting at the site of the landing for a cherry picker vehicle to come and unhook the envelope from the floodlight post.

The Transportation Safety Board is assessing the situation, but hadn’t decided Thursday if it warranted an investigation, said TSB spokesperson Eric Collard.


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