Hot-air balloon descends onto Park City parking lot |

Hot-air balloon descends onto Park City parking lot


A Wyoming cowboy-themed hot-air balloon landed in a parking lot along Deer Valley Drive close to the Park Avenue intersection Friday morning, a day when balloons were seen in the skies in Park City as pilots prepared for the weekend’s Autumn Aloft festival.

Matt Hutchinson, an attorney who saw the balloon land from his nearby office, said the landing delayed traffic for a few minutes.

"Descending from the sky was a bright yellow and brown balloon. It just sort of came into view," he said.

Hutchinson said he heard people shouting from their cars as the balloon descended.

Meisha Lawson Ross, a spokesperson for Autumn Aloft, said the episode on Friday was a "very controlled landing." The balloons on Friday, which was a media day, launched from the Park Meadows Country Club driving range.

Organizers have said a pilot remains in control even if it appears that the balloon is off course or lands somewhere unexpected.

Autumn Aloft is scheduled to continue on Saturday and Sunday with the launch site on the North 40 fields off Kearns Boulevard.

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