Man flies with cluster balloons

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 11:48 AM

YORK HARBOR, Newfoundland (AP) -- A balloonist who was trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons has landed short of his goal in Newfoundland.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says Jonathan Trappe reported that he was having trouble controlling his balloons before landing Thursday evening just south of York Harbor. He touched down safely and required no medical attention.

The RCMP says Trappe planned to hike out of the remote area where he landed and make arrangements to remove his equipment.

Instead of using a conventional hot-air balloon, Trappe was using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, like those used in in the animated movie "Up."

He lifted off Thursday morning from Maine and had hoped to be the first person to cross the Atlantic using a cluster of balloons.

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