Blimp Crashes at US Open Golf Tournament in Wisconsin

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The pilot of an advertising blimp that crashed near the US Open in Erin Hills on Thursday morning is expected to be OK, a company spokesperson told WISN 12 NEWS.

The pilot was was transported to a hospital via Flight for Life after going down in a field near highways 83 and 167 in Hartford.

The blimp is owned and operated by the aerial advertising firm AirSign, which earlier in the morning shared a photo on social media of the aircraft advertising PedFed Credit Union.

Witnesses reported seeing the blimp catch on fire as it neared its landing area one mile from the golf course.  The pilot may have bailed out of the gondola of the blimp as it approached the ground.

No one else was on board the blimp.

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