Tourists land in India jail after balloon drifts

A hot air balloon rises in the background as a herder arrives with his camels at the Pushkar Fair in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan on Nov. 1, 2014.

A hot air balloon rises in the background as a herder arrives with his camels at the Pushkar Fair in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan on Nov. 1, 2014.

NEW DELHI: Two foreign tourists on holiday in India unwittingly landed in jail this week after strong winds blew their hot air balloon off course.

The two sisters from the West Indies were enjoying a ride over the desert in the western state of Rajasthan on Tuesday when the balloon’s pilot lost control, forcing him to make an emergency landing.

Indian media said the balloon landed in the prison yard, to the consternation of officers.

“When the operator saw that they were sailing over the Anasagar Lake, he got alarmed and tried to control the movement of the balloon,” the Indian Express quoted local police inspector Hanuman Vishnoi as saying.

“The nearest landing was the police lines and even though he steered toward it, the strong winds made the balloon travel further up to Ajmer jail.”

Authorities have responded by canceling balloon rides over the area, Indian media reported.

 
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