Airship crash in US Open

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Airship crash in US Open

Postby yama » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:42 pm

They said it was a 'commercial blimp' unaffiliated with US Open. Apparently one-man crew. Hot air blimp?

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Re: Airship crash in US Open

Postby pyronaught » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:47 am

Yes, it was a hot air blimp operated by a company called AirSign. The best description of what happened is found here: ... 55130.html

Looks like the pilot got caught in a thermal and the envelope ripped. The fire only started after the ship was doomed and the deflated fabric hit the burner. Normally balloon or blimp in this situation would quickly turn into a 100% deflated streamer with a zero chance of survival for anyone on board. The fact that it somehow managed to hold onto some air in the tail segment created enough drag to allow the pilot to survive the impact and escape the fire before the propane tanks exploded. That's some pretty extreme good luck!

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Re: Airship crash in US Open

Postby HeavyLifter » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:57 am

I heard the lady in one of the videos say that there was a parachute, but I couldn't see one. Thanks for the link.

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