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Watch as hot air balloon crashes in pond near Disney

Watch as hot air balloon crashes in pond near Disney

A hot air balloon carrying 17 people made an unplanned landing in a pond on Monday, prompting screams and then thankfulness that nobody was seriously injured. "(The pilot) attempted to land in a field off of the Turnpike but ended up in a retention pond", Sgt. Kim Montes told WFTV.

Orlando Balloon Rides released a statement saying that a change of wind direction forced the pilot to land in a pond or risk contact with power lines.

A poor group of tourists aboard a hot air balloon, hoping to add a little magic into their lives, received a rude wake-up call to the cruelty of fate when they crashed into a lake next to Disneyland Sunday.

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"All of the occupants got out of the balloon and have been transported back to their destination", Montes said. A child did swallow some water upon landing, but he was medically cleared.

"My fear is that one day they're just going to crash through a roof", he said. "Now we're kind of making fun of it, but it was serious". He lauded the efforts of pilot Russ Lucas, has more than 2,000 hours of balloon flight experience. Hot air balloon into retention pond.