Hot air balloon crash lands near Orlando pond

ORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) - A hot air balloon made a crash landing near a pond in Orlando.

The pilot of the hot air balloon tried to make an emergency landing, not far from Disney World, but a change of wind direction caused the basket to touch down in an alligator-infested pond, Monday morning.

Sixteen people were on board at the time, but no one was hurt.

“There was adrenaline, it was pumping but it was scary,” said passenger Sebastian Westerby. “Now we’re making fun of it, but it was serious. It was lucky that no one got hurt.”

The pilot managed to get everyone out safely.

The retention pond is near mile marker eight on State Road 429, near Seidel Road.

Officials are investigating what caused the crash.

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