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Blimp, weather balloon collide over northeast N.C.

Posted October 1, 2010 1:03 p.m. EDT
Updated October 1, 2010 9:42 p.m. EDT

— The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a Thursday night collision of a blimp and weather balloon  near Elizabeth City that injured one man, authorities said.

The collision occurred at about 9:15 p.m. at TCOM, a Weeksville-based firm that makes and maintains blimps for various firms, Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright said.

High winds during a heavy rainstorm snapped the line that had tethered an unmanned blimp, and the craft slammed into a weather balloon, Cartwright said.

A crew member was on board doing routine checks and was not able to get the blimp under control.

The unidentified man, who is in his late 40s or early 50s, was taken to Albemarle Regional Hospital in Elizabeth City for treatment, but his condition was unknown Friday.