American balloonist's Atlantic bid ends in failure
WASHINGTON (AFP) - An American adventurer's bid to float across the Atlantic to Europe in a rowboat suspended by a cluster of 370 helium balloons ended in failure after he was forced to land in the Canadian province of Newfoundland.
Balloon enthusiast Jonathan Trappe's attempt had earned comparisons with the plot of Oscar-winning animated movie "Up", about a pensioner who uses balloons to fly his home to South America.
However, Mr Trappe's daring intercontinental flight ended before he attempted the difficult Atlantic crossing late on Thursday when he landed in Newfoundland.
"Landed safe, at an alternate location. Remote. I put the exposure canopy up on the boat. Will stay here for the night," the 39-year-old wrote on his Facebook page, roughly 13 hours after taking off.