Jonathan Trappe launched his multi-coloured balloon cluster in Caribou, Maine, attempting to become the first person to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean using balloon air travel. But his fate was in the winds, quite literally. After 12 hours since launch he experienced problems. He decided to cut his losses and crash on land, rather than risk further problems across the Atlantic. Dropping at a rate of knots over mountains and forest, he had no idea he was heading straight for Newfoundland’s ironically named reserve, ‘Blow Me Down Provincial Park’. The 39-year-old pulled off a risky dusk landing in thick fog then spent the night in a bog in the Canadian wilderness. However, his trip set a new world record for the longest flight of its kind using he world’s largest assembly of cluster balloons.
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