An experimental lighter-than-air vehicle was followed by news outlets with helicopters, after it reportedly escaped its tether with a six-year-old boy
aboard, in Colorado. A National Guard helicopter also followed.
The story was, the boy's brother saw him get into the balloon and then it was released. The saucer-shaped mylar balloon had no controls; this kind usually is let up on a tether, then brought down (sort of like a kite). It was loose for about two hours.
When the object hit the ground, no boy was found, and there was concern that perhaps the boy had been in a box under the aircraft, but that the box had fallen off.
After the craft set down without the boy, he was reportedly found hiding in a box in the attack. The house had been previously searched without finding the boy.
Was the child hiding because for fear of getting in trouble, for loosing the helium craft?
I've heard a radio host speculate that the father may have planned the whole thing as a publicity stunt. He has been on TV a couple times before. But, to what end? He would not make any money from it. It would only serve if he has a need for attention.
So, this so called ' experimental lighter-than-air vehicle ' is just a ruddy balloon?
Click here to view news report.
I'm now hearing a different news channel describe the craft as a hot air craft.
Another classic case of ' factual lies ' .
Perhaps I should mention--I understand that it was, literally, an experimental aircraft. The father, who is interested in meteorological theory, built it himself for weather experiments.
See how I fly
Now I know
I can't let Maggie go
Nibble bread eh? Now that was lighter than air.
Personally, I don't see the point. Give me a good bloomer any day.
You've managed - yet again - to turn a General Chat OP into a US Politics and Healthcare thread.
Tedious doesn't even begin to describe it.
Citing one example to illustrate the meaning of a word does not turn any thread into any other kind of thread.
The illustration was appropriate, and it was close at hand for me because I had just read it--the link was still open in another window on my browser.
A development on the original story: The boy, Falcon, was on cable television last night and was asked a question about hiding. He said it was "for the show." This has been widely understood to mean that the father told him to hide, to get news publicity coverage.
I fear your question has fallen on deaf ears.
On the day the balloon was launched, the sheriff was confident that the report was sincere. The expressions and actions and body language of the
family all were consistent with real worry over the boy.
He still thought the report was genuine the next day, but was not so confident. He was willing to investigate whether the report was genuine or not.
I doubt whether it can be proven to be a hoax. If it is, I think only the father and Falcon were in on it. But, it doesn't seem likely the older brother would have yelled that Falcon was with the balloon unless he were in on it, too--and, would the sheriff's department not be able to tell if the older brother were faking?
Additional information that came to light--the family was working on a reality-TV program for cable, so a publicity stunt is more believable. The TV people working with the family have pulled out of the arrangement--they don't want to be associated with the family, in case it turns out to be a stunt.
In any case, the boy is safe--and, isn't that the most important thing?
The boy was never in danger.
It now appears that it was a hoax.
Let's hope that the moronic parents are suitably punished for wasting the valuable time and resources of all those concered in the ' rescue ' operation!
I read one site where they were talking about looking for enough evidence to remove the children.
According to the CNN report ....
This is not about politics or healthcare, but someone has wrongly moved it.
Silence is golden.
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90 days in jail for dad, with some of that time served outside.
I heard Mom will get 20 days in jail, which she will serve after Dad gets out, so that the children will not have both parents absent at the same time.
Seems quite humane tbh.