Wind blows in wrong direction for balloon rider

Police received calls regarding an unusual traffic hazard on Saturday. Around 9:30 a.m. a wayward hot air balloon made an emergency landing in the Claremont High School parking lot, mere feet away from a light pole, according to police. The balloon had taken off from Cable Airport as part of the annual air show.

The operator planned to land at The Claremont Colleges, but as he explained to officers, “I go wherever the wind takes me.” Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t a valid enough excuse for an aircraft accident investigator, who reported the illegal parking job to the Federal Aviation Administration. The massive multi-colored balloon was carted off without further incident.


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