Two gas balloon pilots experience rough landing in Sandoval County

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Scary moments for two gas balloon pilots competing in America’s Challenge after a rough landing in Sandoval County.

Phil Bryant and Mike Emich landed in a remote area of the Santa Ana Pueblo west of Algodones.

One of the pilots was taken to nearby hospital as a precaution.

Meanwhile, a team from Poland leads the race.

Around 11 Friday morning, they were just west of Oklahoma City. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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