Updated: Hot-air balloon appears to crash land on playing fields in South Gloucestershire

The hot air balloon which crash landed on Lees playing field in Kingswood
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Update: We have spoken to the pilot of the hot-air balloon which an eyewitness thought had have crash landed in Kingswood. Amanda Thompson, who gained her pilot's licence in 2016 and has undertaken many flights across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas, has explained that her landing was planned, safe and 'perfect'. You can read the full story and see some of the lovely pictures she took by clicking here.

Here is our original story: A hot-air balloon was forced to abandon its journey and crash-landed on a children's playing field in South Gloucestershire. According to an eyewitness, it narrowly missed houses as it lost altitude.

The incident took place yesterday evening, Friday, May 24, at around 8pm on Lees Hill playing field, in Kingswood. A video taken at the scene shows the hot-air balloon at the edge of the playing field very close to a hedge.

It hasn't been confirmed how many people were travelling in the balloon or if any injuries were sustained. Nor is it known why the balloon had to make a sudden emergency landing.

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