An airship with thirty passengers, including five children, crashed outside of Anchorpoint. None of the passengers survived the crash. Witnesses claim to have heard a loud noise and saw balls of fire falling from the sky. It is uncertain if anyone else was injured during the crash. Debris of the airship can be found across the mountains.
City officials are questioning the safety of airships around the city. Detective Scott Reichard: “There is not a bone in my body that doubts that this crash was not an accident. We have ceded much of our streets to the marauders and now they terrorize our skies as well.” Concerned citizens have started a petition to urge local Barons around Anchorpoint into action.
While the populace may believe this crash to be an act of terrorism, the cause remains unknown. Airships, especially blimps and zeppelins, are notorious for their devastating accidents. Professor Heidelberg of the Mercos Institute of Technology explains that the danger of these balloon airships is the hydrogen used to levitate the ship: “this is an extremely explosive substance.” The gold value of damage caused by hydrogen and steam powered aircrafts counts into the millions. “As airship innovation is increasingly incorporating iron plating onto the ships, accidents will become more severe.”
Yet the question remains, if hydrogen is such a dangerous substance, why do we continue to use it? “The crux of the matter is that hydrogen is much cheaper and easier to produce than helium, the only other known substance that can lift our airships from solid ground. Even if our scientists are working on more powerful engines to propel the ships, we have yet to find alternatives for getting the ship into the air,” Professor Heidelberg.