CARIBOU, Maine – A balloonist who’s making a transatlantic crossing says he’s landed at a remote location where he’ll spend the night.
Jonathan Trappe, who lifted off Thursday using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, wrote on his Facebook page around 8:30 p.m. that he has landed safely.
He says he’ll stay there for the night. He didn’t specify where.
Trappe’s goal is to float across the ocean. He’s using multicoloured helium balloons instead of a conventional hot-air balloon.
The North Carolina native says on his website that the Atlantic Ocean has been crossed many times and in many ways, but “never quite like this.”
About 150 volunteers assisted in filling the balloons starting Wednesday night.
Trappe lifted off from a foggy softball field in northern Maine, near the Canadian border, at sunrise Thursday.