6-year-old Falcon Heene had no idea what he was in for when he climbed into the 20 by 5 foot helium UFO shaped balloon aircraft. The balloon aircraft had just been filled with helium when the family stepped away from the balloon. According to Falcon’s brother, the parents stepped inside of the home as the Heene brothers played outside. Falcon climbed into a small compartment at the base of the balloon when the strings unattached themselves that held the balloon in place.
Perhaps the helium in this hot air balloon was a bit too much for the currents of the wind.
The balloon aircraft had just been filled with helium and was only intended to reach 20 feet, but something very unusual transpired. After Falcon entered the helium sphere it floated to reach 11,000 feet above sea level over Ft. Collins. Later the balloon fell to 6,500 feet above sea level (2,000 feet above the ground) at 25 mph.
Colorado’s Larimar County Sheriff’s Department and local authorities scrambled to assist Falcon to a safe landing as the rest of the world learns through Fort Collins news that a boy floats away in balloon.
The national guard launched a helicopter to aid the rescue of the boy in the run away balloon. The FAA and Denver International had huge concerns as the balloon drifted non-parallel to the ground losing it’s rounded shape. Authorities were pulling together a situation room to figure out what to do next.
The plan of action was to place weights on the balloon to work with gravitational measures in slowly directing it towards the ground. Agencies were familiar with the experiment as the concern grew with each minute that perhaps Falcon had fallen out of the balloon while in flight.
KMGH and Associated Press reported earlier Falcon fell out of the balloon as it was in air somewhere during the two hours of flight, but it could not be confirmed unless Falcon appeared elsewhere or did not appear to be inside of the balloon.
The “Falcon” has landed, finally.
The landing was smooth as people ran to the balloon to tie the base down. While authorities looked inside for Falcon, they had a surprise. Falcon sadly was not inside of the balloon.
Recently the balloon was constructed by Mayumi and Richard Heeneand Mayumi of Ft. Collins, Colorado in experimenting as Mr. Heene is an amateur scientist. The parents dabble in weather chasing. They created the balloon to share with their children what happens when they are in poor weather conditions. Many wonder exactly if they were going to show them by a balloon visual during high wind rates. The parents assure that in this experiment no one was intended to be inside of the balloon.
Search & Rescue:
Colorado authorities are searching for Falcon Heene as he could be anywhere along the ground congruent to the flight path the balloon took.
Questions Surrounding Fibs:
It is speculation that Falcon’s brother fibbed about the entire event. Most are hoping as others are simply relieved to find that the basket on the balloon was not breached meaning that the boy in balloon may not have fallen out. But until authorities reach substantial evidence to confirm this, Falcon is being searched along the flight pattern the loose balloon traveled.