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Officials trying to rescue child from experimental aircraft

LARIMER COUNTY - Officials in Larimer County are actively searching for a child who literally floated away from his family's home on an experimental aircraft.

According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Department, the 6-year-old boy's family had been building an experimental aircraft which had a large helium balloon attached at their home on Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Collins.

On Thursday morning, according to the family and officials, the boy got onto the aircraft and detached the rope holding it in place.

The aircraft is described by the sheriff's office as a dome-shaped, 20 foot, 5 foot aircraft covered with foil.

Viewer Lisa Eklund sent photos of an aircraft in the air near her home on Saturn Drive, also in Fort Collins.

The Federal Aviation Administration is working to track the aircraft on its radar tower and has notified the Denver International Airport.

The Weld County Sheriff's Office says the boy was last seen two miles south of Evans, near County Road 46 and Highway 85.

9NEWS and Sky9 are following this story and will continue to provide updates as they are available.

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Added: Oct-15-2009 Occurred On: Oct-14-2009
By: rob_p83
Tags: UFO, balloon, colorado, Kid, 6 yo, rescue, live, breaking news
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