Hot air balloon makes unscheduled neighborhood landing in Virginia

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Hot Air Balloon Makes Unscheduled Landing in Neighborhood

(MECHANICSVILLE, Va.) — A hot air balloon destined for the Hanover Air Park, landed in a Mechanicsville, Virginia neighborhood Sunday night.

It happened in the Honey Meadows subdivision around 7:33 p.m. after taking off from Hanover High School. The hot air balloon was forced to make an unscheduled landing. Neighbors in the Honey Meadows community came outside about 7:30 p.m. as the balloon made its descent onto Honey Meadows Road.

"I could hear the guy talking, he was completely calm talking to two other people in the basket basically planning where he was going to land," said eyewitness Karl Dietz, who recorded video of the balloon landing behind his home.

The pilot said Sunday night's wind forced him to land before reaching the Hanover airport.

It's a good thing the neighborhood kids came out to see what was happening, because the pilot let them walk on the balloon to help get all of the air out. No one was injured.

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"It was like this huge balloon drifting down from the sky everybody watched it come down and totally surprised," said resident Tiana Lamb.

"I thought why did they even land it here?" said, Nicholas Ashley.

The landing was a surprise to neighbors in the Hanover County community, but not for pilot Gilbert Martin.

"It's not uncommon to land in a subdivision as long as the conditions are safe," said, Martin, owner of Balloons over Virginia. "We planned our flight based on the wind direction. We knew it was taking us toward that subdivision, as well as the school and a field across the street. So, the landing in the subdivision was actually planned within a few minutes after we took off. The reason was because that's the way the winds were going to take us," added Martin.

Neighbor Patricia Ashley and her son Nicholas welcomed the surprise visitors.

"I have no idea why they picked this spot, but it worked out great," said Ashley. "It was instant entertainment for a lot of children in the neighborhood last night. They were great with the kids letting children go up and touch the balloon. They were even letting the children walk on the balloon to let the air out of it. It was a really amazing experience," added Ashley.

"I saw kids running on it, touching it, and it looked like a lot of fun, said Nicholas.

So then what did you do? asked French.

"I hopped in with them!" added Nicholas.

Check out pics from the European Hot Air Balloon Festival:

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IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: A hot air balloon is inflated in a public square during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: A hot air balloon lands in a field after an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: The Montserrat mountain is seen from a hot air balloon during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: Hot air balloons fly are inflated in a public square during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: Hot air balloons fly over Igualada during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: Hot air balloons fly are inflated in a public square during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: A hot air balloon flies over Igualada during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: A car is seen from a hot air ballon as it takes a roundabout with the Union Jack flag and French flag during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: A hot air balloon flies over Igualada during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
IGUALADA, SPAIN - JULY 10: Hot air balloons fly over Igualada during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2015 in Igualada, Spain. Now is the 19th year of the European Balloon Festival, the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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