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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180735
Last updated: 11 June 2019
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Date:28-OCT-2015
Time:12:20 LT
Type:Raytheon JLENS
Owner/operator:US Army
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Muncy, about 80 miles north of Harrisburg, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Destination airport:Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Narrative:
A slow-moving, unmanned Army surveillance blimp (or aerostat) floated over Pennsylvania for hours causing electrical outages as its 5000ft tether hit power lines, after it broke loose from its mooring.
It drifted northward, climbing to about 16,000 feet. It covered about 150 miles over about 3 hours
The 240-foot helium-filled blimp, which had two fighter jets F-16 on its tail, came down in at least two pieces. No injuries were reported. It is unclear why the blimp went limp.
Two F-16s were scrambled from an air National Guard base in New Jersey to track the blimp as it floated away because autorities feared it would endanger air traffic. "There was never any intention of shooting it down", said a military spokesman.
The reason od the incident is unknow. An investigation is underway.

The JLENS ( Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) is an aerostat, a tethered blimp.

Sources:

http://www.wboc.com/story/30379991/army-blimp-breaks-loose-drifts-for-hours-over-pa
https://www.raytheon.com/news/feature/10-things-about-jlens.html
http://img.20mn.fr/MlCbXKrjR5ilk0CFX3rWPQ/648x415_dirigeable-americain-derive-28-octobre-2015.jpg


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Oct-2015 10:52 Iceman 29 Added
29-Oct-2015 10:54 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2015 11:58 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, ]
29-Oct-2015 17:08 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]

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