Pilot ‘seriously burned’ after blimp crash near US Open in Wisconsin

WISCONSIN (KUSI) — A pilot was seriously injured Thursday when a blimp he was controlling over the U.S. Open golf tournament in Wisconsin crashed in a open field nearby. 

An advertising blimp with the company AirSign crashed into a field Thursday afternoon about a half-mile from the Erin Hills golf course, where the U.S. Open was in its opening round. 

The blimp was on fire or smoking when it went down rapidly, Washington County Sheriff’s Department officials said. Witnesses described seeing the blimp deflate and catch fire as it went towards the ground. 

The pilot suffered serious burns and injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital, according to Sheriff’s officials. The pilot was the only person on board at the time. 

The Sheriff’s department, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the cause of the crash. 

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