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Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Blimp Goes Down At US Open

Blimp Goes Down At US Open

Emergency crews have responded to the site of the crash, which was in an open field outside of the course.

"Yeah. My caddie made a comment on the 9th hole".

A blimp crashes during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 15, 2017, near Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. AirSign, an advertising company, operates the bl. "It's not good. Glad everybody is OK", Snededker said after finishing his round.

Aerial video from a television news helicopter showed pieces of the flattened blimp on the field along with charred metal and grass.

Schmidt said Thompson was wearing a fire-resistant suit and that he rode the blimp to the ground. "I guess it was nose down".

Justin Maynard, a sales manager for the blimp's owner, Florida-based AirSign, told the AP that the company's operations team on the ground near Erin Hills golf course reported on the status of the pilot, who has been taken to a hospital.

The Open is one of golf's four majors.

"I knew I could land, it was just a matter of finding a spot to land", said Thompson. I saw a puff of black smoke. The Sheriff's Office said the FAA determined the aircraft was operating at the proper altitude.

"It started deflating, and then it started going down", Bryan Rosine told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The propane tanks burst once the blimp hit the ground.

An investigation has been launched into the crash and is expected to last several weeks, according to officials from the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB).

Pretty sure I just watched the blimp crash at the #USOPEN! Schmidt said he was told by paramedics on the scene that the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. "I think it's starting on fire.' When you realize someone is in there it makes you sad".

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