The Lightship Group has issued a statement regarding yesterday’s tragic crash of a Goodyear-branded blimp and the death of its pilot, Mike Nerandzic.
In an email to Airships.net the company noted: “As you can imagine this is a very difficult time for our company, and our primary concern at this time is with the family of Mike Nerandzic and the passengers and crew involved. Our deepest condolences go out to Mike’s family at this time. He was a well respected and loved colleague and friend.”
Company Statement Regarding Blimp Accident at Reichelsheim Airfield
13th June 2011 0030hrs CET
An airship operated by Lightship Europe Limited caught fire at Reichelsheim Airfield in Germany this evening.
One member of the flight crew suffered fatal injuries. There were no injuries to passengers or ground crew.
The Airship is one of two leased by Goodyear from Lightship Europe Limited for marketing purposes in Europe. The second airship has been withdrawn from service until further notice.
First and foremost, 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.
As is customary in incidents involving aircraft, the aviation and local authorities have initiated an investigation and it would be premature for Goodyear or Lightship Europe Limited to speculate on causes and findings at this time.
The Lightship Group