Residents of a Langley neighbourhood were shocked to see a hot air balloon descend in an an area close to homes Wednesday evening, prompting police and fire crews to investigate
A video that captured the landing showed the balloon descending over a house. However, it touched down a distance from homes on a nearby road built for an undeveloped subdivision, said Curtis Kreklau, who took photo after the landing.
The balloon was operated by Sundance Balloons company, which offers commercial hot air balloon flights in cities across Canada and the United States.
A spokesperson for the company said no one was injured and nothing was amiss about the landing.
Company says landing was 'textbook'
In an emailed statement, Judy McGonigle said the pilot make a "planned, conventional landing on a piece of vacant land," adding, "Our pilot did his job perfectly."
The statement said the pilot was the only person aboard, and the landing was textbook.
"We understand some people may not be used to seeing balloons in the area, and they took it upon themselves to call 9-1-1. Our pilot had a great conversation with the police and fire crews who responded. They did not express any concerns, and wished him well."
In the statement, McGonigle said hot air balloons "will go where the wind takes them. The job of any hot air balloon pilot is to pick a landing location that is safe and free of hazards like trees or power lines. Our pilot did his job perfectly."
Earlier this summer 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.
In 2012, a balloon operated by the same company made an unexpected landing in Langley's Douglas Park. Nobody was injured in that incident.