Bal­loon odyssey ends in emer­gency land­ing

Waterloo Region Record - - CANADA -

Res­cue of­fi­cials are work­ing to re­cover a gas bal­loon from woods near the Quebec-Labrador border af­ter a record-shat­ter­ing bal­loon odyssey across the con­ti­nent ended in an emer­gency land­ing. Labrador City Fire Res­cue Chief Joe Power, said Thurs­day at­tempts were un­der­way to free the bal­loon from an iso­lated ridge about a kilo­me­tre from Lake Lor­raine. Two Swiss pi­lots tak­ing part in a gas bal­loon dis­tance race landed near the north­ern Quebec border af­ter trav­el­ling 3,666 kilo­me­tres from Al­bu­querque, N.M. Power said when he re­ceived a call from Switzer­land Tues­day morn­ing about the emer­gency land­ing he thought it was a prank. “I didn’t know if it was se­ri­ous. We’re in Labrador and this time of year we’re get­ting a lit­tle bit of snow,” he said Thurs­day.

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