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Small Blimp goes down at US Open / Erin, WI

A small blimp owned by deflated, caught fire and went down. It appears the pilot parachuted out. Although injured, it appears the pilot survived ( More...

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Ruger9X19 6
The story has been updated says he went down inside the aircraft now.

The pilot is okay but suffered some burns, a spokesman for AirSign said in a telephone interview from the company's Florida office. "He stayed with the blimp until it went down," he said, adding that a crew member on ground pulled the pilot from the wreckage.
alan75035 5
Oh the humanity...
Very few will know what you
rogersx4 2
It's practically standing still now they've dropped ropes out of the nose of the ship; and (uh) they've been taken a hold of down on the field by a number of men. It's starting to rain again; it's... the rain had (uh) slacked up a little bit. The back motors of the ship are just holding it (uh) just enough to keep it from...It's burst into flames! Get this, Charlie; get this, Charlie! It's fire... and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my! Get out of the way, please! It's burning and bursting into flames and the... and it's falling on the mooring mast. And all the folks agree that this is terrible; this is the worst of the worst catastrophes in the world. Oh it's... [unintelligible] its flames... Crashing, oh! Four- or five-hundred feet into the sky and it... it's a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. It's smoke, and it's in flames now; and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring mast. Oh, the humanity! And all the passengers screaming around here. I told you; it – I can't even talk to people, their friends are on there! Ah! It's... it... it's a... ah! I... I can't talk, ladies and gentlemen. Honest: it's just laying there, mass of smoking wreckage. Ah! And everybody can hardly breathe and talk and the screaming. I... I... I'm sorry. Honest: I... I can hardly breathe. I... I'm going to step inside, where I cannot see it. Charlie, that's terrible. Ah, ah... I can't. Listen, folks; I... I'm gonna have to stop for a minute because I've lost my voice. This is the worst thing I've ever witnessed.

— Herbert Morrison, Transcription of WLS radio broadcast describing the Hindenburg disaster.
hahaha, well played!!
I thought it was a hot air balloon shaped like a blimp??? at least that's what CNN said today Don't know just asking
Ruger9X19 1
You are mostly correct. It is a "thermal airship." I believe it has an internal structure and pressurization to maintain the shape of the envelope and uses hot air for buoyancy . It was manufactured by Gefa-Flug model AS 105 English Registration number G-SUNA.

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Ruger9X19 1
No he crashed while inside the aircraft and was burned, the early reports of parachuting were unfortunately incorrect.
I saw the pictures on the news about this incident..was this not more of a hot air balloon,rather than the description "blimp"??my thoughts of a blimp are of the good year kind(quite large and requiring a small crew),and in years past, I actually knew a fellow who was the pilot of one..oh well, at least the pilot of whatever it was,survived..!
It looks like a hot air "blimp" they are not a N number air ship the FAA do not know how to deal with them. Hope the Pilot is ok
Airships (aka blimps) are regulated by the FAA in a manner similar to other aircraft, including registration.
Yazoo 4
I have crewed for this airship and another. They do have to meet all FAA requirements. However, they are not US registered. They are registered in England. The FAA does have a lighter than air - airship category. There aren't that many in the US. The last I knew there were only about 6. That may have changed as I haven't crewed in a while.
Kevin Haiduk 1
I hear he was still in when it went down. The first report I heard he parachuted out.


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