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Why crossing the Atlantic via helium balloons may not be the best idea

8:29 AM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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CARIBOU, Maine (AP) - A balloonist who was attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons has landed short of his goal in Newfoundland.

It's unclear what's next. Jonathan Trappe posted Thursday night on his Facebook page that he'd landed safely at an "alternate location."

Instead of using a conventional hot-air balloon, Trappe was using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, like those used in the animated movie "Up."

The North Carolina native lifted off Thursday morning from Caribou, Maine. He hoped to be the first person to cross the Atlantic using a cluster of balloons.

The Associated Press

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