Goodyear airship catches fire in Germany

June 13, 2011

A Goodyear airship tragically caught fire and crashed to the ground in Germany last night (June 12). Here is Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s official statement.

"An airship owned and operated by Lightship Europe Ltd. caught fire at Reichelsheim Airfield in Germany on Sunday evening.

"One member of the flight crew suffered fatal injuries. His relatives have been informed. There were no injuries to passengers or ground crew.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew member, and also with our colleagues and the passengers involved with the airship tour in Germany.

"The airship is one of two leased by Goodyear from Lightship Europe Ltd. for marketing purposes in Europe. The second airship has been withdrawn from service until further notice.

"As is customary in incidents involving aircraft, the aviation and local authorities have initiated an investigation. Goodyear and Lightship Europe Limited can not speculate on causes."

According to a report from the "Daily Mail" out of the United Kingdom, the pilot was instrumental in saving the three passengers, who jumped to safety.

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