Hot-Air Balloon Makes Controlled Landing Next To Route 125

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A hot-air balloon launched by a conservation organization had to make an unexpected controlled landing alongside Route 125 in North Andover Monday morning.

The silver balloon, called New Horizon and created by artist Doug Aitken, launched from the Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover around 7 a.m. It was launched by The Trustees, a group dedicated to protecting and preserving the outdoors in Massachusetts.

After about an hour in the air, winds changed, and the pilot had to bring the balloon down.

"The pilot determined the balloon would need to land before approaching a large lake and chose a patch of green space along Route 125 near the intersection of Route 28 in Andover," a spokesperson for The Trustees said in a statement to WBZ NewsRadio. "The pilot safely landed on this space successfully, followed by a crew which was following the balloon in preparation for a landing and deflation."

Everyone landed safely, and the balloon was deflated and trucked to its destination at the Crane Estate in Ipswich.

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