US Open News: Blimp Flying Near Erin Hills Crashes, Pilots Condition Is Unknown
A commercial blimp flying over the U.S. Open at Erin Hills went down Thursday, and the aircraft’s operator said he doesn’t know if the pilot is alive.
The US Golf Association, which runs the US Open, said the blimp crashed in an open field about a half-mile from the Erin Hills golf course. The USGA also said the blimp was not affiliated with the USGA or the tournament.
Justin Maynard, a sales manager for AirSign, the advertising company that operates the blimp, said only the pilot was on board. He said the company’s operations team on the ground confirmed videos on social media showing the blimp going down.
Maynard says he is ‘‘not 100 percent’’ on the condition of the pilot, but he believes he is alive. The USGA said the pilot was being treated for unknown injuries, and that local law enforcement was investigating.
— Adam Johnson (@Coach_Guy_AJ) June 15, 2017
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The operator of the blimp posted the following on Twitter ahead of the blimp taking off.
— AirSign (@AirSign) June 15, 2017
Play on the course went uninterrupted with Rickie Fowler leading play at the time of writing this post.