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Roof Collapse Damages Airship

Roof Collapse Damages Airship

A $35 million lighter-than-air dirigible was damaged and leaked helium Monday after part of a hangar roof collapsed at a former military base, authorities said. The partial collapse was reported just after 7:45 a.m. at one of the World War II-era blimp hangars on the grounds of the former Marine Corps Air Station, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

“There’s a giant hole in the roof,” he said, and a hazardous-material crew was called and the leak was stopped about 1 p.m.. The cause of the collapse was not known but debris was believed to have fallen on the experimental airship, which is more than 200 feet long.

The dirigible is a test model being developed by Worldwide Aeros. When fully developed, the airship will be capable of carrying 66 tons of cargo.

For the complete story by The Associated Press, click here.

Photo by Worldwide Aeros

Updated: October 8, 2013 — 9:57 AM

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