Authorities in Southwest Nebraska are searching diligently for a hot air balloon that lost its ability to navigate and floated off course and into an oncoming storm. Nebraska State Police Captain William Milford told Fox
“It was a freak thing, really. The balloon went up just fine and then we got a distress call. The Kinutee flaps that allow the pilot to steer had failed and the ozone flange was stuck, so they couldn’t simply land. They floated right into the jetstream, basically, and now we have no idea where they are.
Naturally our main concern is for the children.”
The children would be Hillary’s two grandchildren from her daughter, Chelsea. Robin Marie, 4, and Jared, 18 months, are both considered missing and high priority. No foul play is suspected.
Authorities have been notified all across Nebraska as well as states to the south, as that’s the direction the wind is expected to blow. The balloon, sponsored by TD Bank, was lost from view from aircraft above when it entered the Kippewamsah National Forest and was lost among the trees. It is currently traveling at about 150 feet, well below radar capabilities.
The pilot stopped communicating less than an hour after the incident by radio and there is no cell service for hundreds of miles. We’ll keep you updated on this developing story.