Maybe a different gift next time

September 15, 2008 8:23:51 AM PDT
Ralph Avery's first balloon ride was a bust.

The Massachusetts man was given a ride in a hot air balloon for his birthday.

Some present.

The 63-year-old Avery ended up with two broken legs and two broken ankles.

A half hour after lift off, the wind came up forcing a hard landing in Sandown, New Hampshire.

The gift was from Avery's daughter.

He'll now miss six weeks of work.

But Avery says once he's healed, he'd try another balloon ride.


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