Air balloon photographed as it lands near A1(M) in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:25 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 05 June 2018

The Virgin balloon landed near the A1(M) in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Lesley Dean.

The Virgin balloon landed near the A1(M) in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Lesley Dean.

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A hot air balloon landing beside the A1(M) in Welwyn Garden City caught the attention of passing motorists.

The Virgin balloon landed near the A1(M) in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Lesley Dean.The Virgin balloon landed near the A1(M) in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Lesley Dean.

Lesley Dean took photos while travelling as a passenger in a vehicle on the A1(M) at around 8.20am on Sunday, June 3.

Lesley said: “It landed so near to the carriageway.”

A spokeswoman for Virgin Balloon Flights said that the big red balloon had a “completely normal landing” as they can’t be steered like other aircraft, and can only travel in the direction the wind takes them.

She continued: “At the end of a flight, the pilot brings the balloon in to land wherever they see a large enough, clear and open space, as permitted by the UK’s aviation laws.”

The Virgin balloon landed near the A1(M) in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Lesley Dean.The Virgin balloon landed near the A1(M) in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Lesley Dean.

Sunday’s flight, which launched from Knebworth Park just before 7am, was carrying 16 passengers.

The spokeswoman said: “Passengers enjoyed a wonderful 90-minute flight before our experienced pilot brought the balloon down for gentle landing in a field beside the A1(M).

“Our happy passengers then enjoyed helping to pack the balloon away, before heading back to the original launch site to enjoy their traditional post-landing Champagne toast.”

The Virgin balloon landed near the A1(M) inWelwyn Garden City. Picture: Lesley Dean.The Virgin balloon landed near the A1(M) inWelwyn Garden City. Picture: Lesley Dean.

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