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Hot air balloon makes unexpected landing on Surrey, B.C., golf course

06/18/2015 02:08 EDT | Updated 06/18/2016 05:59 EDT
Unexpected winds forced the crew of a hot air balloon to change their flight plan and make a surprise landing at Northview Golf Course in Cloverdale, B.C., on Wednesday evening.

The incident sparked a flurry of posts on social media and some excitement on the golf course, but fortunately the balloon landed safely and no injuries were reported.

The balloon was operated by the Sundance Balloons company, which offers commercial hot air balloon flights in 10 cities across Canada and two in the U.S.

Company president Barry McGonigle said the unexpected landing was just part of ballooning.

"It was a nice night, but with all balloon flights Mother Nature controls the winds. The winds changed [not for the worse], just a different direction and the pilot made an experienced decision to land. No problems, no issues, no damages," he said in a statement.

In 2012, a balloon operated by the same company made an unexpected landing in Langley's Douglas Park. Nobody was injured in that incident.

In 2007, two people were killed and 11 injured when a hot air balloon operated by SRP Adventure Tours caught fire and plunged into a Surrey mobile home park.

Two weeks before that incident, several people were injured when a balloon operated by Sundance Balloons in Winnipeg crashed to the ground and burst into flames.

Google Maps: Surrey Northview Golf and Country Club

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