A blimp fell from the sky over the United States Open golf tournament in Erin, Wis., on Thursday, and the pilot was being treated for unknown injuries, according to the United States Golf Association.
The U.S.G.A. said the commercial blimp, which was not affiliated with the tournament, crashed in an open field about a half-mile away from the Erin Hills golf course at about 11:15 a.m. Central. The blimp, which advertised PedFed Credit Union, was operated by AirSign, an aerial advertising firm. The Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee reported that it was on fire before it hit the ground.
Images posted on Twitter appeared to show the blimp coming down behind a line of trees, a good distance from spectators and players.
Ian O’Connor, an ESPN reporter, reported that the pilot was “alert and conscious” and that he was the only person on board. AirSign said in a tweet that the pilot was taken to a hospital and was expected to be O.K.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said it had no immediate information available and would provide an update later.
The tournament, one of golf’s four majors, began on Thursday morning. The golfer Jamie Lovemark said he saw the blimp catch fire as he was teeing off on the seventh hole.
“I felt sick to my stomach,” he said. “I had the shakes. I didn’t know what was going on. It was a horrible sight.”
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