A Goodyear-branded A60 airship burned and crashed in Germany on Sunday evening with one death, the ship’s pilot. The three passengers, all journalists, survived the crash. It appears the blimp caught fire following one or more prop strikes during landing at the Reichelsheim airport, south of Frankfurt, after a local flight.
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 website, one of whose photographers had been on board.
Once the three journalists evacuated the zeppelin, 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.
The zeppelin had been making a promotional flight to mark a local festival.
The journalists who escaped were the photographer from Germany’s Bild magazine and two from RTL television.
Today flight is the Arnost Hönig Memorial Cup. Three tasks are on the task sheet: HWZ, XDD, ANG and all earlier flight results are published. After the two HWz target and 3 small lakes are the scoring area of XDD. Most of pilots flew close to the HWZ targets and they approaching the lakes yet.
Total score of Arnost Hönig cup is here.
All tasks results are published here.
We had rainy morning according the forecast and we need to cancel the flight. But bad weather is good time for excursion. We had a nice visit in the Holy Shrine of Nepomuk and on Zelená hora what is on UNESCO World Heritage list. You may watch the photos here.
After two cancelled flights we can done the first flight with two tasks. We planned three but the wind was gusty. We need to wait to be calm and no time for 3 tasks before sunset. The was HWZ and PDG. Ten pilots from 12 drop marker to the first HWZ target but two was out of MMA. You may find the task sheet and measuring report bellow and photos here.
The yesterday evening and today morning flights are cancelled but the forecast promise good conditions for the next flights. Lets hope the best! 😉