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.”
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.