A fantasy wedding proposal during a hot air balloon ride in Canada ended in a crash landing recorded on video.
Passengers told ABC News that 13 people were aboard the balloon which was flying about 25 feet above the ground when it struck a tree, got caught in another tree, settled on the ground, floated up again, and flew over another row of trees before landing in a field where it tipped over.
“It happened so quick that I don’t think anyone was really terrified or scared,” said passenger Jeffrey Scott, an industrial programmer from Edmonton.
Moments prior to the crash, Stephen Martin had proposed to his girlfriend, Christine Peters. Martin said that it was Peters’ childhood dream to fly in a hot air balloon, and that the couple had been trying to go on a ride for months.
Martin proposed while they were airborne, Peters said yes, then the real drama ensued. According to the pilot, the balloon was moving too fast when they attempted to land, causing the crash.
“All of a sudden, we’re still 30 or 40 feet up in the air and just the whole thing shakes and you hear like cracking of branches, and we’re in a tree,” Peters said.
Martin and Scott reported that passengers were a little sore following the unexpected landing, but the most severe injury among them was a broken fingernail.
Martin told ABC News that, despite his fear of heights and the crash landing, he would fly in a hot air balloon again.
“Looking at it now, I’m actually glad we went out because it was kind of like a crazy adventure … plus, seeing how I proposed to her too, it makes for an awesome story,” Martin said.
You can see the footage in the video below, and an interview with the couple in the second video:
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