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Reports: U.S. Open Blimp Catches Fire, Crashes, People Parachute Out (Updates)

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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:

Smoke from the U.S. Open blimp crash:

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:

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