Trans-Atlantic Balloon Bid Falls Short

Jonathan Trappe’s bid to fly across the Atlantic Ocean carried by hundreds of colorful balloons ended just 12 hours after it began.

“Sadly Jonathan has been forced to abandon his quest early after experiencing technical difficulties over Newfoundland,” read a statement on his website. “However, we are happy to report he is safe and well.”

Suspended from 370 balloons, Trappe took off from Caribou, Maine, at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. While weather was seen as the biggest threat to Trappe’s attempt, …

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