Goodyear Blimp Crashes in Germany; Pilot Dead



Sad news today: A blimp caught fire and crashed in Germany. Unfortunately, the pilot died in the accident. Goodyear leased the blimp from Lightship Europe Limited.


Here's a statement from Goodyear, via spokesman Keith Price.

An airship owned and operated by Lightship Europe Limited caught fire at Reichelsheim Airfield in Germany on Sunday evening.

One member of the flight crew suffered fatal injuries. His relatives have been informed. There were no injuries to passengers or ground crew.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew member, and also with our colleagues and the passengers involved with the airship tour in Germany.

The Airship is one of two leased by Goodyear from Lightship Europe Limited for marketing purposes in Europe. The second airship has been withdrawn from service until further notice.

As is customary in incidents involving aircraft, the aviation and local authorities have initiated an investigation. Goodyear and Lightship Europe Limited can not speculate on causes.

Much more on the crash, including the three journalists who were on board before escaping as the pilot tried to make a safe landing, at The Daily Mail.

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