Blimp makes emergency landing in Farmingdale
A blimp made an emergency landing in Nassau County, much to the surprise of area residents.
The blimp landed in Farmingdale at Woodward Parkway School due to windy conditions, according to officials.
The 150-foot-long blimp belongs to Caleb Walsh, of Florida-based Air Sign Aerial Advertising.
The flight served as an advertisement for the Manhattan Institute above the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
On the return flight to refuel at Republic Airport, officials say strong headwinds alarmed the pilot, Trevor Thompson.
Thompson says that he was afraid he might run out of fuel if he kept operating against the wind.
"I probably had enough fuel to get to it [the airport], but not with a reserve that I was comfortable with," Thompson explained. "So when the opportunity presented itself to make a safe landing I did it."
Blimp operators routinely take off and land in open fields when operating out of range of an airport, Thompson says.
State and county police responded to the scene, but neither department issued a summons.