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Pilot killed in airship crash

The Local · 13 Jun 2011, 11:00

Published: 13 Jun 2011 11:00 GMT+02:00

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The accident happened at the Reichelsheim aerodrome, near Friedberg in central Germany as the aircraft was coming in to land.

Two metres from the ground the pilot told his three passengers, all journalists, to jump to the ground while he tried to land safely, said a report on the Bild newspaper website, one of whose photographers had been on board.

Once the three journalists left the dirigible, it climbed back up to 40 metres but then caught fire for reasons not yet clear, said police.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud noise from the engine and smelling petrol fumes. Apart from the Bild photographer, the journalists included two from RTL television.

The airship had been making a promotional flight to mark a local festival.

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20:14 June 13, 2011 by DOZ
Bizarre that these contraptions are still allowed in the skies.
22:17 June 13, 2011 by Eric D
what was it a Zeppelin NT
22:38 June 13, 2011 by Ruhetag
A old Zeppelin performance optimization trick: Fill it full of Hydrogen instead of Helium.
02:12 June 14, 2011 by piper1
Pictures of the event here: http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/heroic-aussie-pilot-in-airship-tragedy/story-e6frfq80-1226074628238
06:15 June 14, 2011 by c12dat
Hats off to Mr. Michael Nerandzic.
08:50 June 14, 2011 by Kayak
A brave and dedicated man who gave his life to save the lives of those he was responsible for. If you don't think that way when you drive a car with passengers then you should stop driving.

And I'm surprised that Ilse Aigner hasn't also sought to ban airships in Germany!
10:56 June 14, 2011 by ajh
The headline is wrong. It was a BLIMP, not a Zeppelin.

Still, hats off to Mr. Michael Nerandzi.
19:38 June 14, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
What a hero - putting other people's lives' first like that. That's what a man is supposed to be.
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