— madison seigworth (@msiggyy) June 15, 2017
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:
— 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:
— Brian Fluno (@luckeydogg) June 15, 2017
Here’s earlier video of the PenFed blimp flying over Erin Hills:
This appears to be the blimp that was flying over the U.S. Open with advertisement from PenFed Credit Union:
— AirSign (@AirSign) June 15, 2017