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Hot air balloon makes unexpected landing on city street

Photo by Jason Cox of the Keizertimes

A hot-air balloon made an unexpected landing in a Keizer neighborhood Friday morning.

The balloon, passengers in tow, landed in the 500 block of Menlo Drive just about 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3. No one appeared to be injured.

“We just ran out of wind and it was time to put it down,” said Jim Desch of Balloon Flying Service of Oregon. “So we did. We had no wind. Absolutely no wind at all.”

Desch called the event “a landing of convenience.” They had launched from Westgate Assembly of God Church in west Salem.

“It’s a standard launch site,” Desch said. “We use it all the time. But this is not a standard living. We’ve landed on city streets before several times … we just flat didn’t have any wind.”

Photo submitted by Bob Gallagher
Photo submitted by Bob Gallagher