Fans at the Portland Trailblazers – Indiana Pacers basketball game last week had a ringside seat to a comical, slow motion, and very safe crash of a promotional Ford blimp, which went down in the upper bowl of the arena’s stands during the course of the game.
Shaped to look like a Ford Edge, the fallen blimp ended up on top of fans, a rather unique occurrence given the clean track record of promotional blimps like this one, which cruise the upper reaches of arenas during events and drop goodies like coupons and envelopes with awards and prizes. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the accident.
Stadium workers responding to the fall of the inflatable airship were unable to deflate it safely in the stands. Instead, they had to push the fully-inflated object through an entrance tunnel to the stadium lobby, which turned out to be too small for the blimp’s rotund dimensions.
Eventually, the inflated Ford blimp was successfully pushed through the exit tunnel, but the ensuing mishap made for some humorous video of workers trying to cram it through the exit, thanks to a pair of clips (above and below) shot by spectators. So far, Blazers officials have cited “mechanical difficulties” as the the reasons for the blimp’s descend.