Speaking for the first time about his crash landing in complete darkness, Jonathan Trappe told Barcroft Media he thought he would die as his vessel plummeted to the ground - “Honestly did not know if I would survive that landing!”
His first message was “…Situation stable. Have 60l water 38L. Gatorade 60,000 cal food…. Have shelter and exposure gear.”
Trappe said he is now starting to break down the aircraft and was ‘possibly’ going to stay there the night.
He then plans to pack a ‘go bag’ of essential supplies and film from his 12-hour trip but his next course of action has not been decided.
He messaged his followers on Facebook saying he had landed at an ‘alternate location’ and was safe and well.
He was forced to make an early landing in Newfoundland, Canada, due to a technical issue.
The habitat is home to both black bears and wolves.
There were commiserations around the world - including a message from Virgin boss and fellow balloonist, Richard Branson.
He tweeted: “Commiserations to Jonathan Trappe, who has abandoned his UP-style cluster balloon crossing. I know how you must feel!”
Following the crash landing, Kevin Knapp, based at the command centre, said: “I can confirm that Jonathan was forced to abandon the planned flight at around 18.30 EST.
"Thankfully he is safe and well and currently making preparations to get home."
"While disappointing that he had to cut his quest across the Atlantic short, I know Jonathan thanks everyone for their support and encouragement."
Despite fears Atlantic weather systems would be the greatest obstacle to achieving his dream crossing, the landing was blamed on a technical problem relating to the balloons.
Fans of the adventurer who were following his movements via a satellite tracker were first alerted to his plight at around 7.30pm EST.