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Colorado Boy, 6, Floats Away in Hot Air Balloon Alone - ABC News
A 6-year-old boy floated away from his family's Colorado home today after climbing into a "homemade flying saucer" connected to a large helium balloon, leaving baffled officials to figure out how to rescue the boy as the experimental aircraft raced through the sky.
According to a statement by the Larimar County Sheriff's Office, the boy climbed into the access door of the experimental aircraft, which they believe can rise as high as 10,000 feet.
"The FAA has been contacted and LCSO personnel are trying to determine the best course of action," according to the statement.
Sheriff's officials last saw the device floating south of Milliken, Colo., which is about 40 miles north of Denver.
The aircraft is described by the sheriff's office as a 20-foot-long, dome-shaped aircraft covered with foil, according to ABC News affiliate KUSA.
The boy has been identified as Falcon Heene, son of Richard and Mayumi Heene of Ft. Collins, Colo.
Richard Heene is a storm chaser and scientist. The couple twice appeared on the ABC show "Wife Swap."
When reached at home, Richard Heene was crying and said he was not watching television images of the silver "low altitude vehicle" flying over Colorado. He said he was praying and waiting for an update from police.
Heene said the saucer was an experimental aircraft, which he hoped would one day help people commute to work.