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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 123038
Last updated: 5 May 2021
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Type:American Blimp A-60+
Owner/operator:Lightship Europe Ltd.
Registration: G-TLEL
MSN: 003
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Reichelsheim (EDFB), near, (Hessen) -   Germany
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Oberursel
Destination airport:Reichelsheim (EDFB)
Investigating agency: BFU Germany
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:,1518,768173,00.html (photo)

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


Revision history:

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 Alpine Flight 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]
28-Oct-2019 16:15 Uli Elch Updated [Location, Destination airport]

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