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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 123038
Last updated: 17 January 2019
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Date:12-JUN-2011
Time:20:15
Type:American Blimp A-60+
Owner/operator:Lightship Europe Ltd.
Registration: G-TLEL
C/n / msn: 003
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Reichelsheim Airfield - EDFB -   Germany
Phase: Landing
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Oberursel
Destination airport:EDFB
Investigating agency: BFU Germany
Narrative:
Airship was flying to display advertisement at a folk festival in Oberursel. Three press and TV reporters were on board to take aerial shots of the event.
When the airship returned to Reichelsheim airfield (EDFB), it was damaged during a hard landing. One main gear leg broke off and the fuselage struck the ground, causing a rupture in the fuel system. A large quantity of fuel was released and ignited.
Pilot advised passengers to jump to safety from low altitude. All three passengers survived. Loss of weight then caused the airship to ascend quickly before the pilot could escape. The hull caught fire, the airship crashed and burnt completely, killing the Australian pilot (52) who in 2014 was awarded a posthumous Australian Star of Courage.

Sources:

https://www.bfu-web.de/DE/Home/homepage_node.htmlDE/Publikationen/Untersuchungsberichte/2011/Bericht_11_CX004_Blimp_Reichelsheim.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,768173,00.html
https://www.welt.de/vermischtes/weltgeschehen/article13426856/Pilot-verbrennt-qualvoll-bei-Zeppelin-Absturz.html
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/pilot-dies-as-zeppelin-crashes-in-germany/story-e6frf7jx-1226074137486
http://www.hr-online.de/website/rubriken/nachrichten/indexhessen34938.jsp?rubrik=36090&key=standard_document_41768885
http://www.fnp.de/fnpartikel-rmn01.c.8980985.de
http://www.airliners.net/photos/airliners/1/0/3/1906301.jpg (photo)
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/heroic-airship-pilot-michael-nerandzic-among-australian-bravery-decorations-recipients-20140817-104lum.html

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BFU Germany
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Jun-2011 16:28 TB Added
12-Jun-2011 22:29 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Jun-2011 01:09 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
13-Jun-2011 05:31 Anon. Updated [Source]
13-Jun-2011 08:42 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
13-Jun-2011 11:20 flyflyfly Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
02-Mar-2012 02:47 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Oct-2013 17:47 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Aug-2014 06:22 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]

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