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Weather stops balloon flight to Montana

BEND, Ore — An Oregon gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer trying to fly from Central Oregon to Montana were forced to abort their flight to Montana on Saturday due to thunderstorms.

About six hours into their flight, Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta started to descend from an altitude of 10,000 feet because of the weather, flight organizer Mark Knowles told The Associated Press.

AP Photo/Jeff Barnard

Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta watches with delight as party balloons are flated with helium to carry him aloft in a tandem lawn chair rig with gas station owner Kent Couch, Saturday...


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