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German Blimp catches fire, pilot killed, 3 survive

An airship burst into flames and fell out of the sky in Germany on Sunday evening, killing the pilot, but three passengers managed to leap to safety and were unhurt. The blimp, part of an advertising campaign for the Goodyear tire company, was about to land at an airfield in Reichelsheim in western Germany when fire broke out in both engines, media reports said.

Thepilot, an Australian, called out to the passengers: "We're having a crash!" and told them to jump out of the cabin, which was hovering just 2 meters above the ground. As soon as they had left, the airship rose rapidly to a height of around 50 meters, possibly due to the sudden loss of weight in the cabin, making it impossible for the pilot to escape.
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