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Jonathan Trappe's balloon ride across Atlantic ends prematurely

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CARIBOU, Maine (AP) - A balloonist who was attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons has landed short of his goal in Newfoundland. It's unclear what's next.

Trappe was trying to cross the Atlantic using only air balloons. Photo: Associated Press

Jonathan Trappe posted Thursday night on his Facebook page that he'd landed safely at an "alternate location."

Instead of using a conventional hot-air balloon, Trappe was using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, like those used in the animated movie "Up."

The North Carolina native lifted off Thursday morning from Caribou, Maine. He hoped to be the first person to cross the Atlantic using a cluster of balloons.

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