Up Across The Atlantic: Record Breaking Flight Ends With Crash Landing


00:05
COMM: This is the dramatic moment Jonathan Trappe’s dream to cross the Atlantic in a
cluster balloon system, came to an end. 00:16
COMM: Landing in a remote forest in Newfoundland Canada, the intrepid adventurer was forced
to cut short his pioneering attempt after just twelve hours. 00:29
COMM: Earlier that morning at 6:30am the 39 year-old launched form Maine USA to a huge
fanfare, as he set out on the 2,500 mile journey across the ocean. 00:46
COMM: As news of the inspiring quest spread around the world, thousands of fans followed
his progress around the world on a satellite tracking system. 00:54
COMM: It would be a moment he would never forget. 00:58
TRAPPE: So beautiful, the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 01:04
TRAPPE: You can see one solitary ship. 01:08
COMM: Quickly rising to 20,000 feet, the same height occupied by some commercial airlines,
he was against the elements, with temperatures dropping to minus ten degrees Celsius, and
the air becoming so thin he needed his own oxygen supply. 01:21
TRAPPE: I am at 20,000 feet descending 50 feet per minute so it’s essentially level.
With the balloons overhead and me right here, going back to my oxygen. 01:35
COMM: But just a few hours later, and 19 thousand feet, it became clear that Jonathan didn’t
have enough ballasts to complete a safe crossing. 01:45
TRAPPE: Hello team. Well, there’s upbeat messages and then there’s this one. This is the message
where I say, I don’t feel that I’ll be able to do it. I’m over the Gulf of St. Lawrence
and to tell you the truth right now my trajectory is good, my speed is good, oh it’s really
great, right now. 02:08
TRAPPE: But what’s been demonstrated to me during the first half of this morning is I
can’t peg an altitude and hold it for an extended period of time. I can fly level but can’t
hold it for twelve hours for example. And I don’t think I’ll be able to make that great
crossing. Y’know there’s a reason that it’s only happened twice. From the United States,
with a gas balloon. It’s not easy at all. And yet an adventure still. Umm take a look.
The beautiful sky, the beautiful open skies. The clouds down below, so beautiful. 02:52
TRAPPE: And my balloons above my head, so beautiful. Such a great adventure. 03:05
COMM: Forced to abort the mission and with the sun setting, JOnathan was in a race against
time to land before nightfall. 03:12
TRAPPE: I’m racing the sunset and the problem is, if the sun sets, I can’t land at night.
I can’t land at night, it’s already rough terrain and I can’t see it. 03:20
COMM: With low visibility and thick cloud below, he would later describe the daring
descent. 03:26
TRAPPE: It was the most serious landing of my life. I was coming down very, very, very
sharply, y’know you can’t tell where the ocean ends and the land starts, all you can see
is the mountains coming up and the skies fading, the light fading and knowing that I’ve got
to get down. 03:50
COMM: Needing to lose altitude, he frantically cut away at his balloons. 03:54
TRAPPE: So it’s literally at that point, cutting away the balloons, it’s like throwing away
your dreams y’know. 04:11
COMM: Settling in the undergrowth, he set up camp, before being airlifted to safety
the next day. His epic adventure may have come to a premature end but for Jonathan,
his record breaking attempt to cross the Atlantic, will live long in the memory. 04:25
COMM: It was such a beautiful, perfect launch, I mean that morning on the airfield was awesome,
something that will stay with me for my entire life, so very proud to have gotten to that
point where we had a system, a weather system and an aircraft that were capable of the flight.
So when I was taking off it was just the culmination of years of dreaming and years of work and
it was a tremendous experience, something that I’ll keep with me for my entire life.

85 thoughts on “Up Across The Atlantic: Record Breaking Flight Ends With Crash Landing

  1. Wow incredible so is that why they had made the movie up, was that his idea ๐Ÿ˜ฎ jk I really do think it a great attempt and what a brave man

  2. Anyone understand why he had to abort? He said something about there not being enough ballast? That would mean not enough weight to hold him down or not enough balloons to keep him up? I would have thought he could take out some balloons or drop some weight to even things out? (and parachute at the end!)

  3. that experience would have been amazing even if it was for just a few hours. Would love to try that someday.

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  5. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€Can you spot the difference?

  6. I wish there was just raw footage of this. Noticed when he was really really high up there how serene and quiet it is up there? The view up there was amazing… Would love to experience that.

  7. wo ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

  8. He realized that once he had to poop it would get too stinky even with his oxygen mask. And if he threw the poop out then it would turn to ice and could kill someone and he would lose weight and go higher so he had to abort.

  9. What if the balloons deflated unevenly and he ended up lopsided and fell off

  10. ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ”ก๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ”  IMPOSSIBLE FIND THE DIFFERENCE

  11. Shouldโ€™ve made a roped contraption to take off the bags on the bottom so he can stay up longer. Ah, humanity is nice ainโ€™t it?

  12. When he cuts those ballons away….IS HE NOT LITTERING???? I think he is, unless they are biodegradable, but I doubt it, with as long a flight as he had, I dont think he would use ballons that would essentially melt with time and moisture. So his dream actually hurt the planet! Such a shame what we do to literally our only home! I mean would u just throw trash in your living room? And he did this for no reason except his own glory! There is nothing to be learned from his "DREAM" even if it was successful.

  13. I wanna do that. Where do I sign up? This isnโ€™t a joke I actually would want to do that. Where could I actually sign up for that

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