RESIDENTS in Midhurst today (December 30) were left perplexed by a hot air balloon that landed in the middle of a busy residential road.
Many were left wondering if Midhurst has a new taxi or delivery service after the balloon landed outside their front doors.
People took to social media sites Twitter and Facebook to voice their concerns about the balloon, which mysteriously landed in Barlavington Way at around 12.45pm.
Barlavington Way resident Yvonne Rowlands said the pilots did a great job landing the balloon despite the street being lined with cars. “Two balloons came across the houses, right above our roof,” she said.
“One carried on towards Chichester, the other landed outside. It didn’t seem to have a major problem. The pilots just deflated the balloon and just got on with their job.”
Her neighbour Ruth Till added: “My daughter just rushed inside the house and said, ‘mum you have to come and have a look at this.’
“I didn’t see any passengers, just the crew.
“We jokingly asked if it was a new delivery service in the town.”
Charlie Bush, who also lives in the road, spoke to the pilots who said they had been ‘running low on gas’.
“He said a few of them had set off, but they had to bring it down here. They could see there was a clear space in the road, and were only there for about half an hour.”
A spokesman for British Airways said the balloon, which featured a British Airways logo, did not belong to the company.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it had not been contacted about the emergency landing. A CAA spokesman said: “It is not unusual for a hot air balloon to land in a residential area, if it is low on gas or runs into difficulties because of weather conditions.”