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Couples get engaged moments before crash landing

Three lucky-in-love couples had sky-high marriage proposals just minutes before their hot air balloon crashed into a tree in Melbourne.

The basket and balloon came crashing down in Eltham North about 7.30am on Friday as it got caught in a tree and needed to be cut free by firefighters using chainsaws.

But for love nester, Emma Govan, not even a bad landing could erase her joy.

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“I still have a smile on my face; it’s been a lovely day,” she told 3AW radio after saying “yes” to her partner who kneeled to propose.

“There was all this love in the air … I think that’s why we are all okay and there are no injuries.”

Peter Giannopoulos, who proposed on the flight, said he was more nervous proposing than about the landing.

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“I just wanted to make sure we were above the clouds. Just sort of tapped her on the shoulder like a nervous child and sort of put the (ring) in her face and mumbled, ‘Will you marry me?’ And it worked out well,” he said.

“It was a pretty professional landing. It was a job well done by an experienced pilot”.

While the cause of the accident is not yet known, no one was injured.

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