An unmanned hot air balloon crash landed into a car park sparking fears that someone may have fallen out. Office workers rushed to the scene at Cambridge Research Park and when they got there the gas canister was still running.
Initially it was thought that the pilot may have bailed out of the balloon or suffered some kind of medical episode. Eyewitness Jack Langley said: ‘I noticed a hot air balloon plummeting from the sky and it landed just shy of our car park. ‘We all rushed out to see if anyone was injured, however there was no one to be seen. ‘Either they had bailed out and jumped out before crashing or the balloon escaped from its mooring lines.’ It turned out the pilot had got out of the balloon but didn’t secure it sufficiently so it took off without him (Picture: Masons) He later took to Twitter and said: ‘Anyone know who dumped their hot air balloon in my works car park?’ Jack said: ‘It was pretty scary, the fire was still on and started to smoke. Then the site security guard switched the gas off.
‘We tried to have a look to see if anyone was hurt or laying in the tree line behind, but there was no-one to be seen.’ ‘The fire service arrived around 30 minutes later and started to search the area for any person or persons that may of been involved. But they didn’t find anyone.’ It later turned out that the balloon had taken off when the pilot got out so that he could secure it to the ground.
Emergency services were called at around 11am on Monday but ‘no firefighting action was needed’ and no injuries were reported. A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: ‘We were called with reports of a hot air balloon having crashed into the side of a building. ‘It was unmanned – the occupant had got out of the balloon but failed to secure it sufficiently and it took off unmanned, and then fell back to land.’ The incident has been referred to the Civil Aviation Authority for investigation.
source: Metro UK