Germany's BILD captured the dramatic scene as the blimp burst into flames and crashed. BILD hide caption itoggle caption BILD The Two-Way Blimp Pilot Saved Passengers, Died In Fiery Crash, Witnesses Say June 13, 2011 As the blimp was coming in for a landing, a problem occurred. The pilot reportedly told three passengers to jump to the ground. They found safety. He died moments later when the craft burst into flames.