Balloonist ends bid
CORNER BROOK, N.L.—An American balloonist has abandoned his attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a boat suspended by almost 400 balloons after experiencing technical problems over Newfoundland.
Police said Jonathan Trappe touched down yesterday around 8 p.m. just south of York Harbour in western Newfoundland.
Henley added Trappe was not hurt when he landed in the woods, where he planned to camp for the night and then make his way out today.
The adventurer set out earlier in the day from Caribou, Maine—hoping to be the first person to make the crossing in the device that looks similar to one featured in the children’s movie “Up.”
In 2010, Trappe crossed the English Channel using a cluster of balloons. For his trans-Atlantic crossing, the basket in which he was riding actually was a lifeboat that could have been used if he ditched in the ocean.
An online post on his site confirms Trappe had to abandon the attempt just 12 hours after he lifted off.
Trappe said he’d worked on the transatlantic crossing for two years.
By yesterday evening, he was well on his way, headed toward Newfoundland. But a couple of hours later, he posted that he’d landed.
“This doesn’t look like France,” he posted on Facebook.