Blimp Makes Emergency Landing In Greene Co.

ASHTREE (KDKA) — State police in Waynesburg say a blimp made a controlled emergency landing this morning in Ashtree, Gilmore Township, Greene County.

The aircraft landed in game lands near Roberts Run Road.

The blimp is owned by Lockheed Martin Corporation of Akron, Ohio. They sent a crew to Greene County to recover the aircraft.

KDKA’s Paul Martino reports the blimp actually appears to be a secret experimental drone-like craft.

“We were working with the U.S. Army on some experimental capabilities to improve communications in remote areas,” Jim Gring, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin, said.

According to the company’s website, the aircraft is called the High Altitude Long Endurance Demonstrator, or HALE-D.

Martino: “Does this have any similarity to the drones that we hear about?”

Gring: “I can’t comment on that.”

Martino: “Are military secrets involved here?”

Gring: “I’m not authorized to talk about that.”

The HALE-D is an unmanned helium-filled solar power airship. It left Akron, Ohio, early Wednesday when some unknown problems developed and they decided to bring it down.

“The idea was to bring it down in a remote area that’s lightly populated so there would be no risk the general public or property,” Gring said.

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  • S

    Oh, the humanity!

  • Anonymous

    It must be a UFO the army isnt telling the truth.

  • Tammie Hampe-Hall

    I seen this blimp, on my way home from dropping son off at work, about 50 minutes before it went down. It looked like a VERY SHINY SILVER DOT in the sky. Wondered what it was, and found out about it at noon, on the news.

  • bill burns

    That was just that fat headeded , fat mouthed, John Shumway coming down in a parachute.

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