Record-chasing Japanese ballonist reportedly missing

Record-chasing Japanese ballonist reportedly missing

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Hot-air ballonist Michio Kanda was trying to break distance and duration records by traveling from Tochigi, Japan to Portland, Ore. Instead, the 58-year-old man has been missing for nearly a week, with his last known position reported at 435 miles south of Adak, in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Although he has been missing for nearly a week, Kanda has enough provisions for three weeks and a “pod-like life raft.” The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for Kanda.

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