Sep 4, 2011 7:10 PM by John Romero

Winds force balloon pilot to make rough landing

David Perkins and his wife Cindy were enjoying a morning cup of coffee at their home off West Woodmen when they saw a hot air balloon making a hard landing about a half mile away.

David tells us they heard a loud noise before seeing the balloon overhead. "All of the sudden there was this loud noise! It was right outside the house." he says, "Right across the street over our neighbors house, here came this hot air balloon just coming down." The couple feared the worst. "She (Cindy) said, oh no it's going to hit the house. Then the guy fired off his heater again and went up on over the house."

Luckily, David Fox, the pilot was able to land in some Oak Brush near the Old Woodmen School. He declined an interview but tells us the wind became aggressive pushing him far north. He and other pilots tell us that is very out of the ordinary during the Colorado Balloon Classic.

Fox says the clearing he landed in was his best option to avoid nearby power lines and homes. Luckily Fox was uninjured and neighbors helped his team move the balloon. Still. It provided some very tense moments for neighbors like Perkins. "That was probably the part that took your heartbeat away." he says, "Just watching it and saying oh my lamb, what's going to happen here?"



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