Police helicopters forced down a environmental group's hot air balloon aiming to get its message across at the G8 Summit.

Police helicopters circled the Greenpeace balloon down while enforcing a no-fly zone around the summit at Heiligendammin a Baltics resort.

Greenpeace balloon 
© Greenpeace   
Circling the balloon created turbulence and forced it to land in a field some 20 km (12 miles) from the venue.

G8 leaders at the summit agreed on Thursday (7 June) to pursue "substantial" cuts in greenhouse gases to combat global warming, but they stopped short of committing to firm reduction targets.

Svenja Koch, a spokeswoman for Greenpeace says: "We were hoping to fly in a petition to the G8 leaders demanding binding targets for CO2 cuts.

"But unfortunately the police forced us down. Their helicopters caused too much turbulence and it wasn't possible to continue."

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Source: FlightGlobal.com