Hot Air Balloon Crash Lands into Pond Full of Alligators

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A hot air balloon carrying 17 people ended with an emergency landing in an alligator-infested pond.

“Orlando Balloon Rides” said in a statement:

“The pilot of an Orlando Balloon Rides passenger balloon is being praised after making a split second decision to intentionally make a water landing this morning. A change of wind direction at ground level just before touchdown meant the pilot was forced to make a quick decision — risk contact with powerlines, or land the balloon in a nearby retention pond.”

The crash happened near State Road 429 at Western Way, near Disney World. Nobody was injured. Full Story »