It’s the call that launched $2M bucks worth of search and rescue operations, including 2 military helicopters, rerouted air traffic at Denver International Airport, and got the attention of NORAD. Now that the “balloon boy” 911 call has been released, you can decide for yourself if the whole thing was a hoax.
The 8+ minute call features both Richard and Mayumi Heene doing their best to act believably freaked out maintain their composure as they try to deal with the unfolding fake tragedy.
I thought Mayumi did a pretty good job of feigning hysteria, but it’s hard to judge since her English is kind of broken and she could always cry a little when she needed to stall. My favorite part is when Mayumi calls it a “flying saucer.”
Richard, on the other hand… not so much. A few things he mentions during the phone call just seem a little melodramatic or something.
First, there’s the fact that he’s already called the FAA which just seems weird. Plus, wouldn’t the FAA be able to put you through to someone like a police chief directly?
Then, Heene just happens to note that the wind was blowing the balloon directly towards an airport. To top it all off, the balloon just so happens to become electrified with 1,000,000 volts of electricity every 5 minutes…
Guess we’ll just have to wait for the results from that lie detector test.