Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hot air balloon gets stuck in tree in South Jersey

A hot air balloon carrying two children and a pilot got stuck in the treetops in Gloucester County, N.J., on Aug. 15, 2013. The pilot managed to tree it and land it on a road with the help of officials and a balloon company crew.
A hot air balloon carrying two children and a pilot got stuck in the treetops in Gloucester County, N.J., on Aug. 15, 2013. The pilot managed to tree it and land it on a road with the help of officials and a balloon company crew.

Fly like a bird, roost like a bird?

A woman and two children in a colorful hot-air balloon became stuck among some treetops Thursday night in the Erial section of Gloucester Township, Camden County.

Police, EMS and fire district personnel arrived about 7:20 p.m. to find the still-inflated balloon perched about 50 feet above the ground near 18 Del Sordo Lane, according to Gloucester Township Police.

The woman, who was piloting, managed to free the balloon from the trees and land it on the road with the help of officials and a crew from the balloon company.

The pilot said she was attempting to make an unscheduled landing when it was pushed off-course by a draft.

No one was injured, and no damage was done, according to police.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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