Hot air bal­loon makes emer­gency land­ing af­ter 80-year-old pas­sen­ger passes out

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY DAVID STRUETT AND LUKE WILUSZ CST Wire Re­porters

A hot air bal­loon landed be­tween two houses in the far north­west sub­urbs Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter a pas­sen­ger had a med­i­cal emer­gency.

The pi­lot called au­thor­i­ties about 7:15 a.m. and said an 80-year-old woman on board had lost con­scious­ness, ac­cord­ing to Al Sch­lick, deputy chief of the Hunt­ley Fire Pro­tec­tion District.

The pi­lot planned to land at Hali­gus and Ack­man roads in Hunt­ley, but the wind brought the bal­loon a cou­ple blocks south­west, where it touched down be­tween two houses in the 5500 block of Dan­bury Cir­cle in Lake of the Hills, Sch­lick said.

The woman re­gained con­scious­ness by the time the bal­loon landed and re­fused to go to a hospi­tal, Sch­lick said. It’s un­clear what caused her to pass out.

“She had no his­tory of [los­ing con­scious­ness]. She got light­headed and then passed out,” Sch­lick said.

There were about five or six other peo­ple in the bal­loon when it landed, he said.

Sch­lick com­mended the pi­lot for stick­ing a tough land­ing.

“He did an ex­cep­tional job,” Sch­lick said.

HUNT­LEY FIRE PRO­TEC­TION DISTRICT

A hot air bal­loon landed on a Lake in the Hills street Wed­nes­day.

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