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Drama in the sky over US Open as blimp crashes, pilot reportedly suffered burns and rushed to hospital

The USGA has been keen to stress that the blimp is not affiliated to them or Fox Sports. The craft was advertising a credit union.

A BLIMP WHICH was flying over Erin Hills golf course, host of the US Open, has crashed today with its pilot rushed to hospital after being pulled from the wreckage.

After initial reports from onlookers said that people had parachuted from the craft during its descent, the Milwaukee Journal said the pilot was the sole occupant and suffered serious burns before being taken to hospital by plane.

“The initial investigation reveals the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems prior to the crash,” said the Washington County Sheriff’s office. They added that they ”had been in contact with FAA representatives earlier in the day and determined the aircraft was lawfully operating at the proper altitude.”

These spectators filmed the blimp crash and thought at the time they had witnessed people escaping by parachute.

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