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Hot Air Balloon Lands On Street In Huntley

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A hot air balloon made an emergency landing in Huntley, after winds blew it off course, and the pilot wanted to avoid power lines near Interstate 90. (Credit: Huntley Police Department)

A hot air balloon made an emergency landing in Huntley, after winds blew it off course, and the pilot wanted to avoid power lines near Interstate 90. (Credit: Huntley Police Department)

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HUNTLEY, Ill. (CBS) – A hot air balloon made an emergency landing Monday morning on a street in northwest suburban Huntley.

Huntley police said they received a call around 7:30 p.m. about a hot air balloon that had crash landed near the intersection of Windy Prairie Drive and Songbird Lane in the Sun City subdivision. When police and fire crews arrived, they found a hot air balloon that had landed safely on the street.

Huntley Deputy Police Chief Mike Klunk said the pilot was concerned about high winds pushing the balloon toward high-tension power lines along Interstate 90, and wanted to land before reaching a cornfield between the subdivision and the power lines.

“There was no emergency per se. Obviously he had time on his side, and he was able to make an educated guess … to put the craft down,” he said. “Basically a safe location; it’s a relatively large intersection.”

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Neither the pilot nor the three passengers were injured.

It was the second time in five days a hot air balloon made an emergency landing in Huntley. Friday evening, three people landed a balloon at the Pinecrest Golf Course.

“Actually, there was a rather large golf outing that particular night, but he was able to yell out before he landed,” Klunk said.

One person suffered a minor injury after a wind gust moved the balloon after it landed. The balloon damaged a tree and part of the greens at the golf course.

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