Skip to comments.Boy in the Balloon Appeared on 'Wife Swap
Posted on 10/15/2009 1:44:27 PM PDT by Smogger
Six-year-old Falcon Heene's family is described as "storm-chasing, science-obsessed Heene family from Colorado" on the show's website -- and sure enough, in the background of the family photo, there's another flying saucer.
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I’m not one of those people who thought the parents should have the book thrown at them for a simple mistake, but if this is a publicity hoax, I’ll feel quite different.
A good looking family.
I hope the little fellow is safe somewhere.
Personally, I think the kid was screwing around and let the thing go ... and took off ... scared.
I'd have to have more data about the construction of the "basket" to entertain a falling boy.
If it was me ... I think I'd take a chance ... and take the ride.
That episode was just on a few nights ago. What a horrible program.
Crews searching for box that was on bottom of aircraft
posted by: Sara Gandy written by: Jeffrey Wolf 2 mins ago
LARIMER COUNTY - Authorities are searching for a box that was attached to the bottom of an experimental aircraft that took off from a Fort Collins home with a 6-year-old boy inside on Thursday morning.
The homemade aircraft made an apparent soft landing northeast of Denver International Airport on Thursday afternoon, but rescue crews found no sign of the boy when they reached the aircraft.
When it landed five miles east of Prospect Reservoir, 9NEWS could not see any child rescued from the basket of the balloon, but earlier Fort Collins Police had said they were certain he was still inside.
Police believe the boy, Falcon Heene, was inside the box when the aircraft lifted off around 11 a.m.
Police say there are pegs on the bottom of the aircraft that indicate that a box was attached at some point. ...
Does anyone know how high the balloon went before it returned to earth?
I heard Hannity say 8000 feet. Then I heard a pilot call in and say it could have been 4000 feet.
I think the 8,000 was a misreading of 800 ... but, that's just MY opinion.
That is what I heard on FOX. This is not good. As high as that balloon got the results of such a fall can’t be good. The higher the balloon got the worse the poor child’s odds of surviving got.
In Colorado 800 feet would be several thousand feet below the surface into the bedrock.
I think the 8000 foot altitude was MSL - mean sea level, or altitude above sea level. The altitude above the ground (AGL - above ground level) was probably more like 2000 or so feet.
OK ... that’s what I meant ... I’m no pilot, but I knew there was two different ways of saying altitude ... I remarked on the height from the ground.
8000 feet is not nearly high enough to cause problems. Colorado has thriving towns at higher elevations. Woodland Park was an old stomping ground and it’s near 8500 feet. Folks forget that Denver is a fairly low lying city on the front range it’s a mile high.
I would LOVE to be there when daddy explains why it was a good idea to build a balloon in just the form most people attribute to flying saucers, to have it partially filled in the back yard, and to let his six year old play with the tethers.
Also, it'd be fun to hear big brother's explanation for saying the kid was inside when he (probably) was not. (Or, how the kid got inside before the lines were released...)
The kid is in the barn.
I read this in a book, same plot.
Exactly - I knew what you meant, but I just wanted to get that out there
I am not talking about the surviving the air. I am talking about surviving the fall. The kid was in a basket attached to the balloon. When the helicopters caught up to the balloon there was no basket. So sometime between the take off and the time the helicopters caught up to the balloon this child in a basket did a free fall to the earth. The higher he got the more problems such a fall would cause.