ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A balloon pilot had a scary phone call on Saturday night during the Great Forest Park Balloon Race.
The popular family event has returned to Forest Park after a hiatus last year due to COVID-19. At least one ball struggled in the race on Saturday. Tony Boudreau sent News 4 a video showing a balloon floating at low altitude then crashing into a line of trees near the World’s Fair pavilion. The balloon then stuttered, amid families and friends watching the show.
“When he was about 25 feet tall we could hear the guy screaming ‘catch us! Catch us! “And our hearts stopped and we ran as fast as we could,” Boudreau said. “The ball hit the ground right in front of the grass and the pod collapsed along the sidewalk 10 feet before to take off again. “
Organizers said the pilot ultimately made a safe landing and no one was injured. About fifty hot air balloons were to take part in Saturday’s race.
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