PHOTOS: Hot air balloon lands on Highway 41 in Chaska - KMSP-TV

PHOTOS: Hot air balloon lands on Highway 41

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Photo submitted by Karen Atkinson Photo submitted by Karen Atkinson
Photo submitted by Karen Atkinson Photo submitted by Karen Atkinson
CHASKA, Minn. (KMSP) -

A hot air balloon landed on Highway 41 near Chaska, Minn., on Monday night, bringing the Minnesota State Patrol to the scene.

Lt. Eric Roeske said the balloon landed between Highway 196 and Highway 212 at about 9:30 p.m. No one was injured.

Karen Atkinson shared her photos of the incident with FOX 9 News, adding that it was amazing the balloon did not land in the woods or the nearby river.

The pilot of the hot air balloon, Ed Chapman, described the event as a "routine landing in a non-routine location," explaining that his flight didn't go as planned due to winds.

"It didn't look like anything going on, like duress or emergency," said witness Jason Rohman. "Glad to hear things worked out."

After light winds blew in a completely different direction than the one forecasted, Chapman was forced to set down the balloon in the northbound lane of traffic as a track care drove to meet them. The four-person flight that took off from the Scott County State Fairgrounds was scheduled to touch down in Prior Lake.

It took Chapman's crew less than 30 minutes to break down the balloon and basket and clear the scene, and the veteran pilot told FOX 9 News it was only his 2nd roadway landing in 37 years of ballooning.

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