Aviation Safety Letter 3/2003
Balloon Safety: Balloon landing in the burbs...
Hot air balloons are as plentiful in summer as dandelions in the spring, and one early morning in August, I woke up to see both specimens standing side-by-side across my house - and I mean directly across my house. The left picture is a testament to the pilot's landing skills. Landing between a children's play structure, a suburban street complete with community mailbox, trees and paths is something balloonists sometimes have to face - albeit reluctantly.
This was hardly a feat however, as another balloon landed in a neighbour's backyard at the exact same moment. A balloon recovery also attracts large crowds, as shown in the second picture, but somehow I suspect balloonists prefer open spaces and more discreet surroundings. Something to think about next time you fly in "the burbs".
Tight quarters for landing.
Spectators, particularly children, are plentiful after a landing in the burbs.
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