Reichelsheim, Germany, Jun 14 : An airship went up in flames during landing near Reichelsheim in Germany on Sunday evening.
Three passengers were able to escape but the pilot of the airship died in the fire.
Amateur video shot near the air field showed the airship leaving a trail of smoke across the Reichelsheim skyline as it sank slowly to the ground.
The cause of the accident was still unclear and investigations were still on going on Monday.
“As of now, we know that there is one dead person, the pilot. The other three passengers on this airship managed to rescue themselves in time during the landing approach,” said Joerg Reinemer of the Friedberg police.
“Shortly after those three persons got off, there was a fire, a fire was seen, and the pilot could not get off and died. Information on the cause or why all this happened we do not have at the moment,” he added.
The airship was returning from an appearance at a local music festival. AP