A blimp crashed at the US Open on Thursday. The man operating the blimp appears to be being treated for injuries.
Thursday afternoon, a blimp caught fire and crashed approximately a half-mile from the US Open into an open field. The man operating the parachute, who has not yet been identified, appears to have parachuted to safety.
According to the USGA, the blimp was not affiliated with the event. It also noted that the pilot is currently being treated for his injuries.
"According to local authorities, a commercial blimp not affiliated with the USGA or the U.S. Open Championship broadcast crashed in an open field approximately a half mile from the Erin Hills golf course at approximately 11:15 a.m. CDT. First responders were quick to arrive at the scene and the pilot is currently being treated for unknown injuries. No other people were involved in the incident and local law enforcement is currently investigating. Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot at this time."
Footage of the wreckage is starting to come in. It appears to be quite substantial:
We'll keep you updated on the pilot's condition.