Blimp Goes Down At US Open

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 16, 2017

Washington County sheriff's officials say the pilot suffered serious burns and injuries.

Schmidt told ESPN.com that he was the first to arrive at the crash scene and that he pulled Thompson away from the burning wreckage just before the blimp's propane tanks exploded.

According to a National Transportation Safety Board database, AirSign aircraft have been involved in two incidents, both of them involving planes.

The Floriday-based company that owns the blimp, AirSign, is looking into the crash, said Catherine Walsh, a company sales representative.

The blimp company AirSign had tweeted earlier in the day, providing aerial views of the golf tournament.

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Some people have said the blimp seemed to catch on fire.

In March 2005, a Cessna registered to AirSign made an emergency crash landing on a road after the pilot reported a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

Videos on social media showed pros who were warming up at the Erin Hills golf course pointing at the blimp as it tumbled out of the sky.

First responders used utility vehicles to reach the crash site, which was an open field about a half mile from the Erin Hills golf course.

No other people were involved in the incident and local law enforcement is now investigating. "He said the blimp is not looking good", Snedeker said. The injured pilot was taken to a medical helicopter that had landed in the field.

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