2 seriously injured in blimp crash

Experimental blimp that crashed at Brantford airport (SUBMITTED PHOTO - ANONYMOUS)

Experimental blimp that crashed at Brantford airport (SUBMITTED PHOTO - ANONYMOUS)

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, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

Two men were seriously injured after an experimental solar blimp crashed at Brantford Airport just after 7:30 a.m. Friday.

The men were taken to Hamilton Health Sciences Hospital.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.

One witness at the airport, who declined to be identified, said the blimp “went almost straight into the ground.”

He also indicated this wasn't the first time he had known the blimp to crash, injuring a pilot.

The aircraft is owned by Solar Ship, experimenting with solar panels to power an airship.

The crafts are intended to be used in areas hit by war and disaster, to go where traditional planes and helicopters are restricted.

The airships look like a large tent atop a traditional airplane body. They have electric motors powered by solar panels, plus a combustion engine. The wings have solar panels to capture energy.

No one at Solar Ship was available to comment this morning.


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