A Czechoslovak engineer and his family of four floated to Austria on September 9, when they crossed the border in a home-made balloon.
SV ZOOM TO CU Tent of plastic sheets with ropes
SCU Bag of equipment
GV Tent billows in breeze
CU Belongings tied up in blanket (2 shots)
GV PAN Field, with broken fence where balloon landed
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Background: A Czechoslovak engineer and his family of four floated to Austria on September 9, when they crossed the border in a home-made balloon. Austrian police said 38-year-old Robert Hutrya, his wife, and their 11 and 14 year old children landed at Falkenstein in the province of Lower Austria. The family had asked for political asylum, and were reported to have brought all their saving with them. They said they wanted to join relatives in the western province of Vorarlberg. An Interior Ministry spokesman said later that the Hutryas would be allowed to join their relatives in Austria. Hutrya, a part-time cyclist, said he had been working for a long time on hot air balloons to leave Czechoslovakia and had planned the venture down to the smallest detail two years ago. The wind had been perfect on the night of the flight, he said. The balloon was sewn together from plastic and old raincoats, and was inflated by domestic propane gas. The family said Czech border guards had spotted the balloon and fired flares to light up the sky but were unable to halt the 50 minute flight, thousands of metres (yards) above them. Reuters said that hot air balloons had been used previously to leave Eastern Europe, including one successful flight in 1979 when two East German families floated to Bavaria, West Germany.