Attempt To Cross Atlantic Hanging From 100s Of Balloons Falls Short

YORK HARBOUR, Newfoundland (September 13, 2013)--Balloonist Jonathan Trappe, who was trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a contraption suspended from hundreds of helium-filled balloons, was headed home Friday after landing short of his goal in Newfoundland.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that it used a helicopter to retrieve U.S. balloonist Jonathan Trappe from the remote area where he landed a night earlier.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Trappe reported he was having trouble controlling the balloons before setting down safely Thursday evening south of York Harbour.

He started the flight about 12 hours earlier, departing from Caribou, Maine.

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."


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