Springfield, Massachusetts – April 20, 1910
On the afternoon of April 20, 1910, A. Holland Forbes of the New York Aero Club, along with John Parker and William Hull, were making a balloon ascension from Court Square in Springfield, Massachusetts, when the balloon veered towards a tall tree. The balloon struck the tree-top which was about 100 feet off the ground, and was briefly caught in the upper branches. When it broke free, it began swiftly heading towards the upper floors of a nearby apartment building. Mr. Forbes immediately tossed out several hundred pounds of sand-ballast which caused the balloon to abruptly rise straight upwards barely missing the building.
It was reported that ,”The danger was over in so short a time and the balloon was gliding rapidly northward almost before the 3,000 spectators were aware of it.”
The balloon later landed in Hadley, Massachusetts, about twenty-five miles distant.
Source: The Bridgeport Evening Farmer, “Forbes Balloon Runs Into Tree”, April 21, 1910, page 5