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Hot air balloon makes emergency landing in Lake in the Hills neighborhood

A hot air balloon landed in the 5500 block of Danbury Circle in Lake in the Hills Wednesday morning. | Photo provided by the Huntley Fire Protection District.

A hot air balloon landed in the front yard of a Lake in the Hills home after an 80-year-old woman on board began experiencing a medical emergency Wednesday morning.

The Huntley Fire Protection District responded around 6:57 a.m. Wednesday to 5500 block of Danbury Circle in Lake in the Hills.

Huntley Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Al Schlick said that the pilot of the hot air balloon called 911 after a woman lost consciousness.

The pilot told authorities that he was doing a sightseeing tour of the area when the woman passed out.

The pilot had planned to meet the ambulance near Haligus Road and Ackman Road but the wind ended up pushing it to the neighborhood southwest of the intersection.

Paramedics evaluated the 80-year-old woman, who had regained consciousness when they arrived. She was transported to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital.

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Schlick said there were five or six people on the balloon. Fire officials said that hot air balloons are a common occurrence in the area.

“The pilot did an amazing job landing in this residential neighborhood, meeting our crews so that medical attention could be rendered,” the Huntley Fire Protection District said.


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