California weather balloon crashes in MD of Taber
Drone photo of MD of Taber Peace Officer finding the weather balloon. Photo credit to MD of Taber Peace Officer Program on Facebook
A bit of an odd find this week out in the MD of Taber.
Peace Officers received a call from Stanford University in California regarding a weather balloon that made an emergency landing here in southern Alberta.
The balloon, which had all the required permissions and permits, contained expensive scientific equipment and while on-route to its destination, encountered some difficulties and made a forced landing.
The team from Stanford University pre-release in California. Photo credit to MD of Taber Peace Officer Program
MD of Taber Peace Officers used a local drone Thursday morning (July 4) to pinpoint the crash location and found the object, still intact, laying in a field.
It’s now being packed up and sent back to California.
The Balloon travelled over 2200 km in just 72 hours before it crash-landed in southern Alberta.
(Files from MD of Taber Peace Officer Program on Facebook)