A dramatic video captured the terror of passengers as their hot air balloon plummeted from the sky and hurtled to the ground.
The group in the balloon’s basket shouted after a man believed to be their guide shouted, “Let’s go! Hold on!” as they plummeted to earth when their day trip to the skies above Perris, California went horribly wrong.
” Wait ! Just wait! Wait ! Everyone hang in there! the guide can be heard shouting as the descent ends with a bang as the basket crashes into the scrubland.
The gondola is overturned and carried away by the wind blowing over the balloon, some of the passengers still groaning as they cling to the interior.
“Stay in the basket with me, stay!” Stay ! shouts the guide as the basket bounces off the ground at high speed.
Shaky footage, apparently taken by a passenger, briefly captures the smiling face of a young man holding the camera, before the winds pick up and require a crash landing.
Moments earlier, the balloon had flown over a residential area, with houses piled up below.
No one was injured in the accident, we learned. It’s unclear when the footage was filmed, but it appears to have started circulating when it was uploaded to TikTok three days ago by passenger Nicholas McCall, who captioned the footage: ‘My hot air balloon experience was going well until the winds picked up.”
It is not known who organized the trip. Newsweek attempted to contact McCall to find out more.
The town of Perris recommends hot air ballooning as a fun activity to do in the area.
Hot air balloon deaths are rare, but they do happen.
In February 2013, 19 of the 21 passengers on board were killed when a hot air balloon over Luxor, Egypt caught fire.
More recently, five people were killed after their hot air balloon hit a power line in Albuquerque, New Mexico last June. After hitting the line, the basket the passengers were in completely detached and crashed, according to the city police department, while witnesses reported seeing the deflated balloon fall to the ground.
Last July, Newsweek reported how a balloon pilot died after falling from the basket, leaving three passengers stranded in the air above the town of Bradford in Vermont. They floated for 1.5 miles, before the balloon got stuck in trees, allowing them to descend safely.