Stupor for the employees and customers of a petrol station in Tessenderlo last Thursday. At 9:20 p.m., a hot air balloon landed in the parking lot of the pump.
Umit Yilmaz, the manager, told the Nieuwsblad that he was not notified of such an event: “The camera footage shows how the hot air balloon makes an emergency landing in our parking lot. We don’t know why. Our employees saw it land and also took pictures. It was a bit of a shock because the hot air balloon flame approached the pumps. We are happy that nothing went wrong, because otherwise we could have had a different story”.
Bart from Rabbits Ballooning Team also speaks out. He explains that “it was not an emergency landing”. “I haven’t spoken to the owners of the gas station. We made a normal flight and after an hour we went to look for a runway. Depending on the situation, we land in a meadow in 90% of cases. And in the rest of the cases we land either in the street or in a parking lot. At that time, in Tessenderlo, it was the right place to land, ”he explained to our colleagues.