Patrons at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills are reporting that the blimp providing television shots to Fox Sports has caught fire and crashed.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a witness saw a pilot apparently parachuting to the ground.
From the BC DMs:
hey..I used to work for AirSign…I was txting the owner about an hour ago….the PenFed blimp was @the us open…and from the video reports of the crash, it looks like it was the PenFed
but- those blimps are [edited:] propane propelled….so if there was a fire, that is pretty scary
usually they will have 3/4 large tanks for a 3/4 hour flight
More information as we get it.
KHQ-TV is reporting:
AirSign confirms one of their blimps has crashed at the U.S. Open. Only the pilot was on board and they escaped serious injury.
Here are shots from a TV helicopter at the scene:
#USOpen blimp going down on fire. pic.twitter.com/cRAX4apE7R
— Drez (@AaronDrez) June 15, 2017
The blimp crash was far from the course but the smoke that rose above the trees afterwards was terrifying.
— Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) June 15, 2017
Smoke from the U.S. Open blimp crash:
Blimp went down east of the #USOpen #ErinHills pic.twitter.com/cUziaj2Y4K
— Brian (@luckeydogg) June 15, 2017
Here’s earlier video of the PenFed blimp flying over Erin Hills:
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This appears to be the blimp that was flying over the U.S. Open with advertisement from PenFed Credit Union:
The beautiful @penfed blimp is flying high over the US Open today! #PenFedBlimp #USOpen #USOpen2017 #ErinHills #golf pic.twitter.com/Ievl0TYJx5
— AirSign (@AirSign) June 15, 2017