Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hot Air balloon creates panic in yet another Goa village

Panic gripped gullible residents of a village in South Goa when a hot air balloon--which is part of the state government's tourism initiative--landed in their locality this morning.
The incident took place 9.30 AM in Raia village located on Margao-Ponda highway, 35 kms from here.

Fear-stricken villagers raised an alarm on seeing the hot air balloon and even called the local police.

"We all panicked as we saw the huge balloon with people coming down. We ran for shelter but it landed safely," said an eye witness from Raia village.

The exact number of tourists which were on board the hot air balloon could not be known.
This is the second such incident within a week, the last one being at Panchwadi in Shiroda village where a balloon with six tourists including two foreigners had landed near a house, 60 kms from here, prompting State Tourism Minister Manohar Asgaonkar to order an inquiry into the landing which created panic.
According to Tiger Balloon Safari, the company which manages the Hot Air Balloon operation as a part of Goa Tourism Development Corporation's initiative, the landing was normal and there was nothing to panic.
25/03/17 PTI/DNA