Google Loon balloon falls in Gampola

2016-02-18 12:25:22

The One Google Loon balloon which entered into Sri Lankan airspace on Monday is reported to have fallen to the ground at Gampola, Pupuressa last night.

Police said the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) had informed the police to provide security to the balloon which was taken to the Pupuressa police post.

However, Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando posted a tweet saying “flight control of safely landing the balloon under standard operating procedures was successfully carried this evening”


Video by Suranga Rajanayeka


Chief Executive Officer of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) Muhunthan Canagey teweeted “the Google balloon safely landed under standard operating procedures in Sri Lanka as a part of the test”. (Suranga Rajanayake)


Pix Suranga Rajanayake

  Comments - 17

  • Giabao Thursday, 18 February 2016 12:36

    hik hik

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    Bokku kata Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:07


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    Eagle Eye Thursday, 18 February 2016 13:29

    Dear Google,Several Balloons can fall and will continue to say flight control of safely landing the balloon under standard operating procedures was successfully carried this evening. After all this is SriLanka and the Cost of Balloon should not be debited to our account.We appreciate and looking forward for a better Service.

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    DHA Thursday, 18 February 2016 13:42

    Landed or crashed ??? after seeing the pics it can easily injure someone.....the last thing I want is a head injury by a balloon.....

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    Mason Thursday, 18 February 2016 13:52

    This is a case of cheating the public with false information. In the alternative the authorities do not know the difference between "landing" and "falling".

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    Rise Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:06

    Jokers of the world

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    HotBot Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:18

    Minister says the balloon landed. News item says ballon falls. The photographs shows it is a heap of scrap. Ha Ha Ha!

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    AmilaJ Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:19

    wow, landed very safely it seems... imagine the situation if it has crashed ?

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    ponil Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:20

    Going Don patas down.pusswedilla.

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    kamal Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:42

    Good prelude to fallen of government.

    Reply : 1       1 Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:46

    Every great achievements begin with failure. I am an optimist. This has probably given some lessons

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    Bala Thursday, 18 February 2016 15:52

    This was a controlled landing according to testing plan. So no failure and all negative comments are totally unwarranted.

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    saman Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:07

    Another "great" project from the yahapaalana gang comes crashing down to earth!

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    chinwi Thursday, 18 February 2016 18:59

    Safely landing මෙහෙම නම් crash landing කොහොම වෙයිද ?Good to know how yahapalana define safe landing.

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    sue Thursday, 18 February 2016 19:21

    Those who have commented here seem to be very happy that a project that would be of benefit to all sri lankans have failed. their only aim seems to be to mock the present govt. what kind of losers are these stupid people via DM Android App

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    kk Thursday, 18 February 2016 19:30

    looking at the previous comments Just made me laugh... you guys are totally clueless via DM Android App

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    Dee Friday, 19 February 2016 13:52

    What do buffaloes understand about baloons?

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