Pilot killed after helping three passengers to make incredible escape as Goodyear blimp plunges to the ground in flames

A Goodyear blimp burst into flames and plunged to earth in a weekend crash in Germany.
The pilot was killed but three passengers managed to jump to safety when the airship caught fire as it was coming in to land at the Reichelsheim aerodrome near Friedberg.
When the airship was just six metres from the floor, the pilot told his passengers, all journalists, to jump to the ground while he tried to land safely.
Once the three had leapt clear of the blimp he took it back up before being it became overwhelmed by flames and crashed to the earth, in a chilling echo of the Hindenburg disaster.
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The pilot managed to get near enough the ground for passengers to escape before climbing back up
The pilot managed to get near enough the ground for passengers to escape before climbing back up
The burning wreckage of the airship. The pilot was killed in the accident, but he managed to save his passengers
The burning wreckage of the airship. The pilot was killed in the accident, but he managed to save his passengers