Pilot seriously burned when blimp goes down at U.S. Open in Wisconsin – Illinois News

Pilot seriously burned when blimp goes down at U.S. Open in Wisconsin –  Illinois News

The pilot of a small blimp that crashed Thursday near the U.S. Open in Wisconsin during the opening round of the golf tournament suffered serious injuries, including burns, investigators said.

A statement from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said its initial investigation shows the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems before the crash.

A deputy at a security post reported seeing the aircraft on fire or smoking and rapidly descending about 11:15 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said. 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.

Aerial video from a television news helicopter shows pieces of the flattened blimp on the field along with charred metal and grass.

The first responders transported the injured pilot to a waiting medical helicopter that had landed in the field. Sheriff’s officials said the pilot was the only one on board.

Golfer Brandt Snededker said he spotted something while on the course.

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