Balloon ocean crossing abandoned

An adventurer appears to have been forced to abandon his attempt to become the first person to cross the Atlantic using helium balloons. Jonathan Trappe was forced to land after a technical fault.

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Track helium balloon Atlantic crossing online

Adventurer Jonathan Trappe's bid to cross the Atlantic using helium balloons is being tracked online. You can view Jonathan's progress via a website that is following his journey, which began from Caribou, Maine on Thursday morning.

Jonathan Trappe photographed after crossing the English Channel in his aircraft in 2010. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 39-year-old is relying on 370 helium-filled balloons as he attempts to complete the 2,500 mile trip, which should take between three to five days. Due to weather his final destination is not known.

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