Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2005 Issue

June 16, 2005, Coral Springs, Fla. / Goodyear Blimp

The airship was substantially damaged when it collided with trees, power lines and the ground at 1842 Eastern time in visual conditions. The Commercial pilot and the passenger reported no injuries. As the pilot headed the airship toward the Pompano Beach Airpark for landing, he saw numerous cloud-to-ground lighting strikes and decided not to land. The pilot flew the airship out of the area to wait for the storms to pass but the weather deteriorated rapidly, and he encountered “heavy rain, lightning, and severe outflow and downdrafts.” The pilot stated the airship became “unable to climb, make headway, or maintain directional control” with full power on the engines. He stated he attempted to...

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