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Hot air balloon lands in southwest Las Vegas neighborhood

Posted at 6:24 PM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 09:32:26-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A scenic hot air balloon ride came to an end in a neighborhood in the southwest area of the valley on Sunday, scaring some homeowners.

Mac McInelly’s morning cup of Joe was interrupted by the sound of a working hot-air balloon burner behind his home Sunday morning.

"It seemed like it was right over the top of my house," said McInelly.

McInelly recorded the landing on his phone, the hot air balloon belonged to the tour company Vegas Balloon Rides.

"I opened up the windows and looked out the back and it was just coming over the wall, landing in the lot behind me," said McInelly.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told 13 Action News the hot air balloon made an emergency landing, the reason remains unknown.

FAA inspectors where on scene near Copper Edge Road.

A handful of tourists were on the ride, reports indicate no one was injured.

The hot air balloon was flown by Johnathan Wright.

"A lot of happy passengers, people really enjoyed the flight,” said Wright.

He told 13 Action News there was no emergency, the winds happened to die-down before 8 a.m.

"Sometimes the winds don't allow us to go out in the middle of the desert" said Wright.

Wright also sad the calm winds allowed him to land in an empty lot behind McInelly’s house.

"When we land in a neighborhood it's done in a very safe and controlled fashion.," said Wright.

According to FAA regulations, hot air balloons must maintain at least 1,000 feet above a congested area.

The only exceptions -- it's either taking off or landing.


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