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Surveillance Blimp in Marfa May Be Shutting Down

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MARFA - A tethered Aerostat surveillance blimp in the Marfa area may be shutting down soon.

According to the Big Bend Sentinel, the closure would cause more than 20 people to lose their jobs.

The radar balloon sits about 12,000 feet above the ground and has been monitoring all of the low-flying planes in the big bend area for more than 16 years.

The Aerostat balloon took a nosedive to the ground after one of the operators misread a high wind warning.

No one was hurt in the crash but it caused almost $9 million in damages.

Langley Air Force Base officials in Virginia have yet to comment on the possible closure.

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