Monday, January 23, 2012

'Spider Pig' Balloon Catches Fire in Arizona

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Spider Pig, the special shape balloon that flew in the 2011 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, caught fire at a show in Arizona on Saturday.

A Phoenix, Arizona tv station reports the balloon had been tethering above the ground at a show near Carefree, Arizona when the rope holding it down snapped. It took off and part of the envelope caught fire briefly. The pilot, 71-year old Wayne Bond is credited with looking out for members of the audience by flying the balloon about a half mile away.

Bond is an experienced pilot who has a career of over 8,000 flights and saw something similar to this about twenty years ago.

It's not exactly clear yet as to how much damage Spider Pig sustained or how long it will take to be repaired. No one in the crowd was injured in Saturday's incident.

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