Update: (Boy Safe) Homemade Runaway Weather Balloon Lands, But 6-Year Old Boy Not Inside

October 15, 2009

(ChattahBox) — In what could be an unfolding tragic drama, an experimental balloon built as a family project, became untethered with perhaps a young boy inside and floated away. The craft, a 20 feet by 5 feet foil-topped helium balloon, supports a small basket.  Six-year-old Falcon Heene of Fort Collins, Colorado, allegedly climbed inside the basket, untied the craft, and took off for the stratosphere.  Unfortunately, once the balloon landed, police discovered that there was no boy insideRichard Heene, the boy’s father and a storm chaser, was working with former TV cameraman Scott Stevens to form The Science Detectives, a weather science research team.  According to a Colorado press conference, Falcon Heene was seen by his brother getting into the balloon, before it took off.  The  balloon fluctuated up to 11,000 feet above sea level, before landing somewhere between Ft. Collins and Denver.  A helicopter was trailing the balloon to take video (CNN HLN had live feed of the aircraft as it sailed through the air), and in the last 30 minutes of its flight, the balloon begain to deflate, and it came down slowly and landed.  Falcon was not inside the aircraft, and authorities are now hoping that he was never inside the aircraft and that he may be hiding somewhere because he accidentally let the aircraft go free, and thinks he may be in trouble.

Update: As speculated Falcon was found hiding in the attic at home Thursday.


4 Responses to “Update: (Boy Safe) Homemade Runaway Weather Balloon Lands, But 6-Year Old Boy Not Inside”

  1. Amy on October 15th, 2009 6:14 pm

    I am praying for the little boy and his family.

  2. Old Man Dotes on October 15th, 2009 6:32 pm

    A helium balloon that size has a lifting capacity of less than 20 pounds. There’s no way a 6-year-old boy was lifted by it.

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  4. Alyssa W. on October 23rd, 2009 6:21 pm

    Here’s an update for y’all:

    The little boy was fine, and found in the family’s attic hiding. When interviewed about the incident, he was asked why he was hiding up in the attic. His response wasn’t what you’d think, something innocent like “I thought I was in trouble,” but rather “Because Daddy said it was for the show,”.

    Richard Heene is now being held accountable by the government for his actions and the financial loss because the Denver airport had to close down for fear of the balloon crossing a plane’s flight path and killing the little boy. He also is being charged for false emergency due to the several emergency medical vehicles and the time spent chasing the craft when no danger was really present.

    For the record, I’m very glad that the little boy was not in the balloon.

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