Hot air balloon forced to land near Conisbrough

The maiden flight of the Virgin hot air balloon, which left from Cusworth Hall, landed with a bump in woods near the river in Conisbrough.
The maiden flight of the Virgin hot air balloon, which left from Cusworth Hall, landed with a bump in woods near the river in Conisbrough.

A hot air balloon on its second flight was forced to make a controlled emergency landing today.

The Virgin Balloons flight from Cusworth Hall was coming towards the end of its trip when a lack of wind brought it to a halt near the viaduct in Conisbrough.

Free Press reporter Darren Burke, who was on board, said the pilot decided to steer the balloon into a field, skimming treetops before it landed on top of some trees and crashed through branches to the ground.

Twelve passengers on board were all unhurt.

“Everyone is OK .They are all laughing and joking about it. The pilot knew what he was doing. He brought it down safely and in a controlled way.”