Yesterday we shared a serious video of the Good Year Blimp accident. We posted a new video and an interview done just over a month ago with the pilot. Today we have some amateur footage to share with you of the accident. You just never hear of Good Year Blimps – or Zeppelins – catching on fire these days. They are extremely safe. I’ve even been up in one and took quite a bit of great aerial footage. So I was stunned to hear of this accident. What didn’t stun me was the heroic efforts of the pilot to sacrifice his life while saving the lives of his passengers. Mike Nerandzic is a true hero in every sense of the word.
Below is amateur footage of the blimp on fire. This footage starts after the passengers are already safe and the blimp has shot way up into the air. There’s speculation as to how/why that happened. Some say the lost of weight when the passengers jumped off caused the Good Year Blimp to surge upwards and others say the pilot took it up to get it away from the passengers after they jumped to safety.
Editor’s Note: As happens from time to time, the user that posted the video has removed it. Therefore we have replaced the video with one that shows some amateur and raw footage / photos of the incident.
Our hearts and prayers are with the family of Mike Nerandzic.
Blimp on Fire – Germany – June 2011