World Pilot injured as blimp crashes at US Open

03:15  16 june  2017
03:15  16 june  2017 Source:   MSN

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Erin ( united states ) (afp) -. A blimp shooting aerial images at the US Open caught fire and crashed with the pilot apparently parachuting from the aircraft, witnesses said Thursday. 19:40 AFP. Blimp crashes at US Open , pilot injured .

A blimp shooting aerial images at the US Open caught fire and crashed with the pilot apparently parachuting from the aircraft, witnesses said on Thursday. Just got to the # USOpen and the blimp caught fire and crashed .

A blimp floats over the crowd during the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. © Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images A blimp floats over the crowd during the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. A blimp carrying advertising at the US Open in Wisconsin has crashed, injuring the pilot, tournament officials said.

The pilot, who was not identified, was being treated for unspecified injuries. No one else was on board the blimp.

The incident occurred near Erin, Wisconsin, about 70km northwest of Milwaukee.

The blimp was operated by Airsign, a Florida-based company, to display advertising, Airsign sales manager Catherine Walsh said.

Sales manager Justin Maynard said the pilot was 'OK' but had been taken to hospital.

The blimp crashed in an open field about 1km from the Erin Hills golf course around 11.15am, according to a statement from the US Golf Association.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot at this time," the statement said.

Some witnesses reported on social media that the blimp was on fire before it hit the ground.

One witness said the crash was a long way from the course but smoke was visible rising among the trees.

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