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Blimp crashes near US Open in Wisconsin

16 June 2017

The U.S. Open said on its Twitter account that the pilot was injured, and a medical helicopter was at the scene.

Here's video showing the blimp going down: The U.S. Golf Association said in a statement that the advertising blimp crashed in an open field about half a mile from the Erin Hills golf course.

The company Airsign told NBC News that the downed blimp is owned by them.

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"Pretty sure I just watched the blimp crash at the #USOPEN!".

"He stayed with the blimp until it went down", he said, adding that a crew member on ground pulled the pilot from the wreckage.

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"Wow, blimp down. I hope everyone is safe".

The Washington County Sheriff's Office described the pilot's injuries as "serious".

"They were trying to give it some throttle and it didn't go up". The sheriff's office asked the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board to help investigate the cause.

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