Two Low-Flying Hot Air Balloons land safely in Chapman Heights, Mentone
Two hot air balloon pilots caused a stir early Tuesday morning when their low-flying balloons were mistakenly thought to have possibly crashed into residences in the 34700 block of Maplewood Lane in Yucaipa’s Chapman Heights neighborhood. The incident concluded safely with no injuries to people or property.
The Yucaipa Police Department received numerous 911 calls, beginning at approximately 7:53 a.m. from concerned Chapman Heights’ residents regarding two hot air balloons, one green and the other blue, that were flying above the area’s golf course, within five feet of rooftops and hitting trees. Police deputies made contact with the pilots and requested them to land.
Both pilots are hot air balloon enthusiasts and were flying their privately-owned balloons for personal use. One pilot was able to safely land in the Yucaipa High School baseball field. The second balloon was able to land safely in the oranges groves of a private residence in Mentone.
The incident will be reported to the Federal Aviation Administration for review of any possible Federal Aviation Administration violations. Yucaipa deputies are requesting anyone with additional information about this incident to contact Detective Donald Patton at the Yucaipa Police & Sheriff’s Station at 909.918-2305.