Hot air? No, it was just the wind.
The pilot of the small airship bearing an ad touting Mitt Romney for president, which made an emergency landing Sunday night in Davie after cruising over West Broward, told the Federal Aviation Administration that “windy conditions” forced him to bring his craft down prematurely. He touched down in an open area near Griffin and Pine Island roads. No one was hurt.
The German-built airship, which landed in Parkside Estates, a mostly vacant housing development, is registered in the United Kingdom. While it looks link a blimp while in the air, it is kept aloft primarily with hot air and is not considered a true blimp.
According to Capt. Dale Engle, a Davie police spokesman, because the airship has no metal interior structure it was deflated, folded up and driven Sunday night to its original destination, North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, for further investigation.