BERLIN, June 1, 1909 (UP) - Expert mechanics at Goeppingen Tuesday repaired Count Zeppelin's airship, which suddenly terminated its record-breaking cruise of nearly 900 miles by crashing into a tree Monday, badly tearing the forward part of the aluminum envelope and otherwise injuring the big craft.
The accident, Zeppelin says, was due to the fact that the helmsman was worn out by his long vigil. "He had been on duty almost incessantly during the long voyage," said the count Tuesday, "and was hardly master of himself when the collision occurred. I saw the airship's danger and ordered the helmsman to put to starboard. But he put the helm to port instead, and before the error could be corrected, the crash occurred. The efficiency of the airship has not been affected by the accident in the least."
The achievement of Count Zeppelin has aroused the war office as nothing else has done in years, and it is certain that the building of the dirigible airships for war purposes will be pushed with all possible speed from now on.
The great distance traveled has convinced German aeronauts if an airship can sail 900 miles one can be made to travel twice or even three times that distance.
Capt. Ersloeh, whose study of aerial navigation admittedly gives him first rank in knowledge of the subject, said Tuesday:
"Airships, as the result of the count's unprecedented trip, now have a radius of action extending from Berlin throughout Europe while an Atlantic passage is possible, in my opinion, in the near future."