Unmanned Army blimp crashes in southwestern Pa.

July 27, 2011 9:44:29 AM PDT
An unmanned reconnaissance blimp launched from Ohio by defense contractor Lockheed Martin has crash landed in the woods of southwestern Pennsylvania. Lockheed Martin spokesman Keith Little tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the remote-controlled airship took off from Akron, Ohio, shortly before 6 a.m.

Little says the high-altitude ship was being tested as a communications relay for the Army and was supposed to climb to 60,000 feet. The blimp made it 32,000 feet off the ground, but a problem kept it from flying higher.

The ship was put into a controlled descent and came down in Greene County, about 45 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Lockheed says they're cooperating with a state police investigation. State police and Lockheed officials did not immediately returned calls from The Associated Press.