ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A hot air balloon carrying 17 people crash-landed and tipped over in a retention pond Monday morning near Walt Disney World, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
One person was injured in the crash, which was reported near State Road 429 at Western Way, Orange County Fire Rescue tweeted. The victim was not seriously injured, officials said.
A pilot and 16 passengers, including some children, were aboard the balloon, which is operated by Orlando Balloon Rides, authorities said.
"The pilot had to make an emergency landing (because of an issue with the wind)," FHP spokeswoman Kim Montes said. "He attempted to land in a field off the Turnpike, but ended up in a retention pond."
"It was scary. It was really scary," a passenger told Lehman. "A lot of people were screaming. My girlfriend went underneath it, so I just had to throw my phone away and get her safe. Her dad took care of the little boy."
Video recorded by a passenger shows the balloon landing on the water and drifting toward the bank.
"All right folks, we're going to get a little wet. Sorry about that," the pilot is heard saying just before the balloon touched down
Moments later, someone is heard joking, "You pay extra for the water landing, guys."
The basket then overturned, sending screaming and crying passengers into the pond.
Most of the deflated balloon ended up draped across the grass near the southbound lanes of S.R. 429. All lanes of S.R. 429 are open.
Orlando Balloon Rides will remove the balloon, the FHP said.
No other details have been released.
AIRCRAFTW - S SR 429. Hot air balloon into retention pond. 15 ppl on side of pond. No haz, 1 BLS, cancel additional units.— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) July 3, 2017
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