- Jul 11, 2003
This is just unreal. Watching it on TV as we speak.
FORT COLLINS. Colo. - Authorities were scouring the skies Thursday for a 6-year-old boy who unhooked his family's experimental balloon-powered aircraft and floated away from home.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Department said the boy's family had been building an experimental aircraft that had a large helium balloon attached to it at their home, KUSA-TV reported. The aircraft was approximately 20 feet by 5 feet and covered in tin foil, the station said.
On Thursday morning, according to the family and officials, the boy got onto the aircraft and detached the rope holding it in place.
Several people in the neighborhood said they saw the aircraft floating over their homes and some snapped pictures.
The Federal Aviation Administration told NBC News the craft was last spotted somewhere over Greeley, Colo., about 26 miles east of Fort Collins.