Passenger of hot air balloon that landed in Del Sur neighborhood talks to 10News
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SAN DIEGO - 10News on Sunday spoke with one of the passengers on a panda-shaped hot air balloon that landed in a Del Sur neighborhood Saturday evening.
Video captured by a neighbor shows the balloon landing in the middle of the street on Spreckles Place. Neighbors were having a block party in the alley way when the balloon made the landing, narrowly missing homes and trees.
The balloon's passengers were Randy Gray and his fiancée. Gray, along with a crew member named George, is seen in the video walking the balloon safely to a grassy area nearby.
This is not the first time this balloon has had trouble. Team 10 found out it was the exact same balloon, owned by a company called Panda-monium out of Del Mar that landed near state Route 56 in Carmel Valley. No one was hurt, but it caused quite a stir.
"He told us before we went out, you know, 'I've landed this thing on medians between freeways … but he told us, even during the flight, we have five or six different spots we can land in. We don't know until we get there when the time is up."
Gray told spoke more about Saturday night's adventure and says he felt safe.
"The first time we attempted to land, it was too windy – we had to pull up – and the second time is when we landed in the neighborhood on the street, but he has a chase car and the chase car was right there," he said. "He landed exactly where he was supposed to. He put within 10 feet of where we were supposed to land. That's pretty awesome ... when you've got wind controlling you."
Neighbors say they do not feel threatened by the balloons' presence, even when it comes close to their homes.
"We've watched them land in different parts of the neighborhood and sometimes our kids run up for their chance to get into the basket," said neighbor Erick Eigner. "This has been fantastic. It's an evening event that everyone gets to enjoy and the balloon pilots for the most part are relatively safe."
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