Blimp Crashes at US Open Golf Championship, Pilot Injured (Video)

Lone flyer escaped craft near Wisconsin’s Erin Hills Golf Course

A blimp has crashed near Wisconsin’s Erin Hills Golf Course Thursday during the Round 1 of the U.S. Open.

The pilot was “injured,” the U.S. Open’s official Twitter handle posted shortly before 1 p.m. ET, “and first responders are on the scene.”

The blimp was not affiliated with the U.S. Open Championship or Fox Sports, which holds the TV rights for the golf major tournament. According to Fox’s announcing team, the craft crashed in an open field about a half-mile from the course.

Here’s the USGA’s social media coverage of the incident:

And here’s how Fox Sports covered the crash, at 1:24 p.m. ET:
Holly Sonders report: “Joe, 2 miles off property a manned blimp crashed in a field. It was not affiliated with the US Open. Local rescue was on the scene and confirms the pilot is being treated. We will provide more details as they are available, Joe.”

Joe Buck: “Crashed in that open field about a half mile from Erin Hills around 11:15 this morning and we will keep you updated on that story as we go forward here on Thursday. Thoughts and prayers are with that pilot. That scary, scary scene out in the distance as Ernie Els here at 13 for par.”

The blimp was a one-man craft, TheWrap is told. Watch the crash via the videos below, and the aftermath of the scene at the top of this post.

Rickie Fowler currently leads the U.S. Open, at -7. The major will run through Sunday, weather permitting.