Blimp crashes at US Open, with one person reported injured
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 4:52
The man was the only person aboard when the craft went down shortly before midday at the Erin Hills golf course in Erin, Wisconsin.
Aerial video from a television news helicopter shows pieces of the flattened blimp on the field along with charred metal and grass. He said no one else was on board the aircraft.
Bystanders shared shocking videos of the blimp catching on fire before hitting the ground near highways 83 and 167.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it would investigate the incident.
The company that owns the blimp is AirSign.
Emergency crews have responded to the site of the crash, which was in an open field outside of the course.
"It started deflating, and then it started going down", eyewitness Bryan Rosine told the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal.
The crash happened about a half mile from the course around 11:15 a.m.
The blimp, not affiliated with the U.S. Open, was operated by Airsign, a Florida-based company, to display advertising, Airsign sales manager Catherine Walsh said.
Spectators at this year's US Open captured a blimp catching on fire and crashing Thursday afternoon.
"First responders were quick to arrive at the scene and the pilot is now being treated for unknown injuries", a statement said.
After 12 holes, the American world number nine led by one shot at six under after a low-scoring start to the tournament at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
Maynard says he is "not 100 percent" on the condition of the pilot but that believes he is alive.