Pilots who took off in hot air balloon from New Mexico end up in Nebraska, possibly by accident

A hot air balloon landed in a field in Nebraska. The pilots were surprised to find out where they ended up after taking off from New Mexico. Photo courtesy Nuckolls County Sheriff Department.
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HARDY, Neb. (KKTV) - The drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Hardy, Nebraska is more than 700 miles. Tuesday night, deputies in Nebraska met some folks who made that trip, by air, possibly by accident.

"There is a first for everything," the Nuckolls County Sheriff Department wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

The department is reporting they were called to a gas air balloon landing in a field north of Hardy. The pilots told authorities they took off in Albuquerque and had no idea where they had landed.

"They were surprised to find out they were in a field in the middle of Nebraska," the sheriff's office added to its social media post.

There were no injuries.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is taking place this week. It isn't clear if the balloon may have been part of "America's Challenge 2019." The purpose of the challenge is a distance race for gas balloons. You can track the race by clicking here.