Moment hot air balloon with basket ‘full of people’ lands with bump in car park after nearly hitting roof of houses following ‘erratic’ flight
This is the dramatic moment a hot air balloon landed in a car park after it passed by house roofs and telephone wires in an ‘erratic’ flight.
Video footage from Thursday taken in Taunton, Somerset, shows the airship landing with a thump as bewildered onlookers watched.
Locals observed with bemusement and horror as the balloon was spotted flying ‘very low’ before landing.
One witness saw it flying over the M5 in ‘trouble’ before it landed with a basket ‘full of people’ in the town.
Nicki Witherden managed to capture several videos of the balloon’s descent – including it landing with a bump on the tarmac.
This is the dramatic moment a hot air balloon landed in a car park in Taunton, Somerset, after it rammed through roofs and telephone wires in an ‘erratic’ flight
The 53-year-old officer administrator, who lives just opposite the disused car park, said the balloon had been spotted across Taunton in the early evening.
She said: ‘I’d dozed off and my partner woke me up rambling about something so I got up and looked out from the balcony door to be confronted by the sheer size of the red balloon descending.
‘Lots of people had gathered to look with the noise of the fire ignition, it was a little scary to watch.
‘Amazingly no one was injured or hurt.
‘Lots of people had seen it descending around Taunton and it just happened to land right near to where I live.’
One Twitter user described the events, saying: ‘Air balloon out of control crash lands, several times, hits roofs, telephone wires.’
Locals observed with bemusement and horror as the balloon was spotted flying ‘very low’ before landing
Another witness added: ‘The balloon looked to be in trouble as it went over the motorway. It came very low over shops.
‘It flew very low and erratically before coming down in the car park.
‘The car park was locked so nobody could get out.
‘They waited for a key holder to arrive. Passengers managed to exit via a side gate.
‘The basket was very full of people. When it landed they were all very quiet.’
Video footage from Thursday taken in Taunton shows the airship landing with a thump as bewildered onlookers watched
It was reported no one was injured during the balloon’s unexpected descent on Thursday, May 19.
The balloon landed in Allington Road Park at around 9:20pm and was collected shortly afterwards.
The crew and some nearby residents then helped squeeze the air out and pack it away.
One of the individuals onboard the balloon added on social media: ‘The pilot did a fantastic job to bring us down safely’.
The logo on the balloon – Original Bristol 106.5FM – is for a former radio station that operated between 2007 and 2009.
The current owners of the balloon are Bailey Balloons.