Man using cluster balloons to cross the Atlantic lands in Newfoundland:

YORK HARBOR, Newfoundland (AP) — A
balloonist who was trying to cross the
Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of
helium-filled balloons landed short of
his goal in Newfoundland.
Jonathan Trappe reported that he was
having trouble controlling his balloons
before landing Thursday evening just
south of York Harbor, according to the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He
touched down safely and required no
medical attention.
Instead of using a conventional hot-air
balloon, Trappe was using more than
300 helium-filled balloons, like those
used in in the animated movie "Up."
He lifted off Thursday morning from
Maine and had hoped to be the first
person to cross the Atlantic using a
cluster of helium balloons.
But he ran into trouble as he
approached Newfoundland and was in
communication with a search and rescue
center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said Lt.
Steve Henley of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police in Stephenville. The
balloonist's movements were tracked by
radar by Canadian officials, he said.
Trappe told local officials that on Friday
he planned to hike out of the remote
area where he landed and make
arrangements to remove his equipment.
The U.S. man launched earlier Thursday
from Caribou, Maine.
"The Atlantic Ocean has been crossed
many times, and in many ways, but
never quite like this," the North
Carolina native said on his website
before his departure.
Trappe, who couldn't immediately be
reached for comment, is no stranger to
cluster balloons.
He's used them to lift a faux house, as
in the Disney-Pixar movie. In 2010, he
crossed the English Channel using a
cluster of balloons. For his trans-
Atlantic crossing, the basket in which he
was riding was actually a lifeboat that
could have been used if he ditches in
the ocean.
Trappe said he'd worked on the trans-
Atlantic crossing for two years.
By Thursday evening, he was well on
his way, headed toward Newfoundland.
But a couple of hours later, he posted
that he'd landed. "This doesn't look like
France," he posted on Facebook.