A blimp at the U.S. Open apparently has crashed and burned near Erin Hills, where one spectator posted video of the incident to Twitter.
— madison seigworth (@msiggyy) June 15, 2017
The USGA issued a statement saying that the blimp — "unafilliated" with the Open or Fox Sports, which is televising the event in the U.S. — had crashed, the pilot was injured and first-reponders were on the scene.
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2017
The Washington County Sheriff's Office confirmed to CBS 58 in Milwaukee that one person was injured, and a writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer said he witnessed the crash and the "pilot looked to have parachuted out."
Just saw a blimp crash here at the open. Pilot looked to have parachuted out #USOpen
— Paul Daugherty (@EnquirerDoc) June 15, 2017
The blimp was operated by advertising firm AirSign, the company confirmed to CBS 58. A spokesman from the company's headquarters in Florida told USA Today by telephone that the unidentified pilot — transported from the scene in a Flight for Life helicopter — is OK but suffered burns in the incident.
PenFed Credit Union was the blimp's sponsor for the tournament, which began Thursday morning.