Thursday, March 14, 2013

Photo of the Day - 14 March 2013

The tragic balloon crash near Carterton last year dimmed our enthusiam for a hot air balloon ride. And this incident in Canberra today has done nothing to rekindle that enthusiasm:


Stuff reports:

A hot air balloon struck the side of the Australian Treasury Building and crashed to the ground just after take-off today.
There was a pilot and two passengers aboard the balloon when it tried to avoid a collision with a balloon overhead and instead hit the top of the six-storey building.
No one was hurt in the incident.
A Canberra hobby photographer and visual artist Peter G. Schlumpp captured images of the balloon's descent, and he believed it was lucky no one was seriously hurt.
"I'm about 100m away and I turned the camera around and I didn't have time to adjust so I just clicked along as it hit the building and came down," Mr Schlumpp said.
"My heart was beating hard, when you see something like that. I was very worried about the people in the basket that they wouldn't get injured or killed."
The balloon festival's flight director John Wallington said the pilot had been trying to avoid another balloon overhead.
"She made a snap decision that she didn't want to risk climbing up into the balloon going off above her, but unfortunately she came too close to the building and contacted it."
Mr Wallington said the incident involving the Canberra-based balloon operator was a minor one and said "the only thing hurt was a few egos". 

We'd say that's a lucky escape all around. But we'll keep our feet on the ground for the moment if that's ok.

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