Hot air balloon that crash-landed in a garden had previously plunged into a playing field months before

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The same Virgin hot air balloon that landed in a back garden on a trip from hell also touched down on a children's playing field seven months ago.

Sir Richard Branson's blimp – registration G-VBAP – caused a stir on the Wrecclesham Estate in Farnham, Surrey, in October.

 Fourteen passengers had a trip from hell when the balloon smashed through tree tops, ripping its fabric, buzzed an RAF runway, aborted a landing and ended up in a pensioner's back garden in Odiham, HantsCollect Fourteen passengers had a trip from hell when the balloon smashed through tree tops, ripping its fabric, buzzed an RAF runway, aborted a landing and ended up in a pensioner's back garden in Odiham, Hants

Michael Tooley, 49, who lives opposite the Greenfield Road grassy play area, took photos from his window and said: "It came down right in the middle of our estate."

Another witness added: "It was right next to swings on which young children were playing.

They scarpered – I think they thought aliens had come for them!

"We were all wondering if the pilot couldn't find a more suitable place to land.

Quite a crowd gathered when it was safe to do so."

 The same balloon caused a stir in Farnham, Surrey, last October when it crashed in a children's playing fieldCollect The same balloon caused a stir in Farnham, Surrey, last October when it crashed in a children's playing field Residents were shocked when a Virgin hot air balloon crashed through trees into their garden

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