Authorities in Wisconsin say the pilot of a small advertising blimp for AirSign was seriously burned when the craft crashed near the U.S. Open Golf Tournament at Erin Hills.
The man was the only person aboard when the craft went down just before noon at the Erin Hills golf course in Erin, Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the blimp hit the ground near Highway 83 and Highway 167.
A statement from the Washington County Sheriff's Office says the pilot was taken to a hospital by medical helicopter, and AirSign says the pilot was "OK".
No one else was hurt as the blimp went down.
The statement says the blimp was on fire or smoking and went down rapidly.
The sheriff's office asked the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board to help investigate the cause.
One witness tweeted that the pilot appeared to have parachuted to safety.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The U.S. Open, one of golf's four major tournaments, opened play Thursday.
This is a breaking news story, and we will provide more details as they become available.
Just got to the #USOpen and the blimp caught fire and crashed. People parachuted out. pic.twitter.com/1lDi3VkXCu— madison seigworth (@msiggyy) June 15, 2017
Just got to the #USOpen and the blimp caught fire and crashed. People parachuted out. pic.twitter.com/1lDi3VkXCu
Pretty sure I just watched the blimp crash at the #USOPEN! Hope everybody is ok! pic.twitter.com/OSOCSBF46p— Adam Johnson (@Coach_Guy_AJ) June 15, 2017
Pretty sure I just watched the blimp crash at the #USOPEN! Hope everybody is ok! pic.twitter.com/OSOCSBF46p
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