Homeowner describes how hot-air balloon smashed glass fence during landing

Posted at 6:52 AM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 10:20:31-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Before a hot-air balloon made an unplanned landing in the middle of a Ranchos Penasquitos neighborhood Sunday, the balloon took out a glass fence at a house near 4S Ranch.

Homeowner Michael Lomotan told 10News he saw the crash on his Ring camera and couldn’t believe it.

“The basket comes into view and the glass breaks; so basically the basket and the glass breaking and, 'Whoa, what happened?!'” Lotoman said, explaining his reaction.

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He said it was about a foot away from hitting his house.
The balloon kept sailing over some mountains before making a landing. The pilot, Ferrel Gray, told 10News the winds shifted and he couldn’t make the normal landing a few miles away.

“It happens occasionally, balloons end up landing safely in a place it typically doesn’t land,” Gray said.

He also admits his first attempt at a safe landing was the field next to Lomotan’s home, but the winds shifted again and made it impossible, so he had to react.