Hot air balloon 'makes surprise appearance' at primary school

A Virgin Experience Hot Air Balloon has made an emergency landing this morning in Buckden. 

Virgin Hot Air Balloon at the bottom of Juliet May's garden, a resident from Buckden. - Credit: Juliet May

A hot air balloon has made a 'surprise appearance' on the playing field of Buckden Primary School, earlier this morning, Tuesday June 15. 

Buckden Primary School confirmed that Virgin Balloon Flights, landed at around 9am in the playing field. 

Hot Air Balloon at the bottom of Juliet May's garden 

Hot Air Balloon at the bottom of Juliet May's garden - Credit: Juliet May

Hot Air Balloon makes 'emergency landing' in Buckden 

Hot Air Balloon makes 'emergency landing' in Buckden - Credit: Juliet May

There were several attempts to land including one at the bottom of Juliet May’s garden, a resident from Buckden, St Neots.  

Buckden Primary School said: “All the children were really excited, the driver even performed a demonstration for the children once he had landed safely in the playing field. 

Hot Air Balloon makes 'emergency landing' in Buckden 

Hot Air Balloon makes 'emergency landing' in Buckden - Credit: Juliet May

“The balloon then set off again for Brampton Raceourse, roughly an hour later.” 


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Juliet May said: “I live fairly close to the school - as a crow (or balloon!) flies, probably about 300 metres away - it landed in the field at the bottom of my garden then took off again and landed on the school field!”

A spokesman for Virgin Balloon Flights said: “We understand our big red balloon caused some excitement in Buckden this morning when it came to land and have very much enjoyed seeing the footage and photos."

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"This was a completely normal landing. Hot air balloons travel where the wind takes them, as they can’t be ‘steered’ in the traditional sense and our highly skilled pilots bring them in to land wherever the pilot sees a large enough, clear and open space.

“Our passengers took off from Huntingdon at about 8am and enjoyed a wonderful flight before coming in to land around 9.15am in Buckden.

“Thank you very much to the lovely team at Buckden Primary School for a very warm welcome this morning.

“The children were all incredibly excited and our pilot and crew stayed behind after our passengers left to talk to the children and answer any of their questions about hot air balloons."

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