(CBS News) -- A North Carolina man set out to make history on Thursday.
His aim was to travel from the United States to Europe using hundreds of
helium balloons. However, the trip hasn't gone according to plan.
multicolored launch looked like a scene out of a Hollywood movie, but
Jonathan Trappe's dream to reach Europe was short-lived, ending just 12
hours after it began in a remote part of Canada. He was forced to land
on the west coast Newfoundland Thursday night.
bizarre, if beautiful, liftoff began with a countdown, a kiss, and some
kind words to Trappe from an onlooker: "Your dream is coming true!"
dream -- and 370 balloons of every color in the rainbow -- lifted
Trappe upward from a soggy softball field in Caribou, Maine, just a few
miles from the Canadian border.
businessman and licensed pilot hoped to become the first person ever to
float across the Atlantic Ocean in a capsule suspended by a cluster of
But just 12 hours after his
splashy departure, Trappe was forced to return to Earth. CBS News'
Michelle Miller reported on "CBS This Morning," that in a statement,
representatives for Trappe cited a "technical issue" as the reason
behind the forced landing.
On his Facebook page, he wrote
"hmm, this doesn't look like France," and then, "landed safe, at an
alternate location. Remote. I put the exposure canopy up on the boat.
Will stay here for the night."
A GPS tracker shows
Trappe to have reached an altitude of more than 20,000 feet before
descending and landing in a remote part of Newfoundland.
fantasy seems almost torn from Disney's 2009 fantasy film, "Up." But
Trappe is no stranger to the art of cluster ballooning. In 2010, Trappe
became the first person to use the method to cross the 22-mile English
Channel - along for the ride in a wicker chair. A year later, he set
another record, completing a 12-hour journey over the Alps in a craft
lifted by 54 balloons, which Trappe individually cut away to return to
But his planned, 2,500 mile trip across the ocean carried far more risk than anything he's done before.
a preparation video, Trappe can be seen cataloging his gear equipped
for severely low temperatures, including a cold water survival suit and
multiple sleeping bags, among other items.
Trappe spent two years preparing for the journey, which was to have taken up to six days to complete.
At this point, it is still unknown whether Trappe will take another shot at achieving his dream, Miller added on "CTM."