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Jul 19, 2016 4:59 PM

Officials: Experimental balloon crashes into NH airport hangar

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Officials say no one was hurt when an experimental tethered balloon crashed into a hangar at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.

Pease Development Authority Airport Director Bill Hopper tells The Portsmouth Herald the research aerostat didn't cause any damage to the hangar it wrapped around on Friday in Portsmouth. But the balloon sustained damage.

Hopper says Massachusetts company Altaeros Energies operated the aerostat and plans to do a complete analysis of the incident.

The company says on its website that aerostats are "the industrial versions of blimps and dirigibles." It also says its goal is to deploy the world's first commercial airborne wind turbine.

Officials believe the balloon crashed due to high winds. Hopper says the company has a second balloon that's ready for flight.

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