Caught on camera: Blimp deflates & burns at U.S. Open

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NOTE: Click here or scroll to the bottom of this page for my video of the aftermath of a blimp deflation over the Hudson River in Manhattan on July 4, 1993.

TMZ Sports:

A blimp floating over the U.S. Open golf tournament in Erin, Wisconsin caught fire and crashed moments ago … and spectators captured the incident on video.

TMZ Sports has confirmed the pilot made it out of the blimp but suffered injuries. We’re told the pilot suffered burns on his face and has pain in his neck and lower back.

The blimp landed in a remote field with no direct road access. Emergency responders were instructed to take ATVs to get to the crash site.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

A PenFed blimp deflated, burst into flames and crashed late Thursday morning near the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

The blimp went down about 11:20 a.m. near Highway 83 and Highway 167.

One person – presumably the pilot – was transported by Flight for Life from the area of the crash just after noon.