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Published on : Thursday, July 28, 2016
The emergency landing happened on Wednesday morning after it ran out of fuel.
A hot air balloon for manned flight uses a single-layered, fabric gas bag (lifting “envelope”), with an opening at the bottom called the mouth or throat. Attached to the envelope is a basket, or gondola, for carrying the passengers. Mounted above the basket and centered in the mouth is the “burner”, which injects a flame into the envelope, heating the air within. The heater or burner is fueled by propane, a liquefied gas stored in pressure vessels, similar to high pressure forklift cylinders.
Emergency responders from North Metro Fire rushed to the airport in Broomfield just after 8 a.m. (local time). The balloon was forced to make an unplanned landing in grass near one of its three runways after winds shifted.
The director of Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Bryan Johnson, says the balloon landed in grass near one of its three runways and tilted over.
The 13 people who were on board had spilled out of its basket, but no injuries were reported.
The landing did not affect the airport operations. The nearby runway was temporarily closed while the airport authorities were removing the balloon. But the airport which is mainly used by private and corporate planes, continues to operate normally.