Blimp Crashes, Catches Fire at U.S. Open in Wisconsin; Pilot Injured

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An advertising blimp has crashed at the U.S. Open outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in a sight caught on video by many spectators at the golf tournament.

The blimp went down in an open field in the town of Erin, Washington County sheriff’s officials said told KTLA sister station WITI in Milwaukee.

The Journal Sentinel newspaper reported the blimp was advertising PenFed, a Virginia-based federal credit union, and was operated by an aerial advertising firm called AirSign. The blimp crashed around 11:20 a.m.

WARNING: Videos contain profanity

The crash happened in an open field east of the Erin Hills golf course, where the tournament is taking place, WITI reported.

In a video, witnesses said workers seemed to be parachuting out of the blimp, but a sales manager for AirSign told the Associated Press only the pilot was on board the aircraft.

The U.S. Open tweeted that the pilot was injured. AirSign said that the pilot was hospitalized but was expected to be OK.

It’s not clear what caused the crash.