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Cluster Balloon Flight Cut Short

Johnathan Trappe
Jonathan Trappe's quest to cross the Atlantic in a cluster balloon ended after 12 hours in Newfoundland.

September 13, 2013 - Jonathan Trappe was forced to abort his attempted trans-Atlantic flight in his cluster balloon N878UP Thursday evening due to technical issue relating to the balloons, according to the command center overseeing the flight.

Trappe, 39, of Raleigh, North Carolina, landed safely in Newfoundland, Canada, about 12 hours after departing Caribou, Maine, Thursday at 6.30 a.m. EDT.

"Thankfully he is safe and well and currently making preparations to get home," Kevin Knapp told The Telegraph.co.uk. "While disappointing that he had to cut his quest across the Atlantic short, I know Jonathan thanks everyone for their support and encouragement."

First indications that something was wrong came in a message to followers of Trappe's Facebook page on Thursday evening: "Hmm, this doesn't look like France." A second message followed soon after, "Landed safe, at an alternate location. Remote. I put the exposure canopy up on the boat. Will stay here for the night."

Unlike his previous flights, including crossings of the English Channel, Lake Michigan, and the Alps in an office chair attached to his balloons, Trappe used a small lifeboat in the event he landed on the water.

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