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.”