‘Jaw-dropping’ moment hot air balloon flew over homes

Virgin hot air balloon flies over homes in Two Mile Ash. Picture by Peter Williams.
Virgin hot air balloon flies over homes in Two Mile Ash. Picture by Peter Williams.

A hot air balloon got a “bit too close for comfort” when it flew over city homes on Tuesday.

Shocked onlookers watched as the basket full of 16 passengers swooped above Stone Hill road in Two Mile Ash.

“My wife’s jaw dropped,” said Peter Williams.

“We were just having our dinner when she saw it through the window - we couldn’t believe it.

“I thought it was going to crash land.”

Virgin Balloon Flights have reassured that the journey was “perfectly normally”.

The flight took off from Willen Lake earlier that evening, and as with every other balloon ride, the pilot did not have a landing site pre-planned.

A spokesman said: “Due to their huge size at almost 120 feet tall, our hot air balloons do cause a lot of excitement when flying overhead, especially shortly after take-off and shortly before landing when they are generally flying lower.

“They also often appear much closer than they actually are.”

Having unknowingly caused “excitement” on the ground, all 16 passengers are said to have had a “wonderful time” with a traditional post-landing champagne toast, the spokesman added.