I recently read a short story that centered around a hot air balloon accident. It was about a guy that escapes from jail so that he can reunite with his son. The father and son are at a carnival when they see a hot air balloon that is tethered up. The father decides to steal it so he throws his boy in the basket and begins to untie the balloon. There is a mistake and the balloon goes sailing off with the boy inside and the father dangling from a rope beneath it. A few other guys jump on to try to help. Suffice it to say that things do not end well. It was a real page turner.