Blimp operator: Pilot 'OK' after US Open crash

Solenn Plantier
Juin 16, 2017

A blimp fell from the sky over the U.S. Open golf tournament in Erin, Wisconsin, on Thursday, and the pilot was being treated for unknown injuries, according to the United States Golf Association.

The company does not know what caused the crash, which occurred as the blimp was advertising for a client near the U.S. Open, Maynard said.

The blimp was reportedly operated by AirSign and was featuring a promotion for Pentagon Federal Credit Union.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that rescue crews had arrived on the scene shortly after the blimp crashed around 11:20 a.m. near Highway 83 and Highway 167.

The Open is one of golf's four majors.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said they could not immediately comment, but said a press release about the incident will later be posted to their website.

The blimp was airborne for "several hours" before it went down, the sheriff's office stated.

Some witnesses reported on social media that the blimp was on fire and smoking before it hit the ground, and smoke was visible rising among the trees after the crash.

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Video posted by someone attending the tournament shows the dark form of the crumpled blimp rapidly descending, eventually falling from view behind a crowded grandstand.

Justin Maynard, a sales manager for AirSign, said the company's operations team on the ground in Erin had no more definitive information on pilot's condition, other than the pilot was expected to be OK.

The U.S. Open said on its Twitter account that the pilot was injured, and a medical helicopter was at the scene.

The company that owns the blimp is AirSign.

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