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Video: Blimp crashes near US Open course, pilot injured

Video: Blimp crashes near US Open course in Milwaukee, Wisc. Thursday, June 15, 2017. (CNN Newsource)

MILWAUKEE - Video shared on social media showed a blimp at the US Open crashing near the course at Erin Hills.

Madison Seigworth posted video of what appeared to be a blimp falling from the sky.

"Just got to the #USOpen and the blimp caught fire and crashed," she wrote.

"People paracuted out."

Other witnesses also posted footage showing the aircraft plummeting to the ground.

The fire department confirmed at least one person was injured.


According to WISN, the blimp was being used to record aerial footage of the tournament.

The US Golf Association however, released a statement confirming the blimp was not affiliated with the tournament.

"According to local authorities, a commercial blimp not affiliated with the USGA or the U.S. Open Championship broadcast crashed in an open field approximately a half mile from the Erin Hills golf course at approximately 11:15 a.m. CDT."


The association stated the pilot "is currently being treated for unknown injuries.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot at this time."

WITI reports a "Flight for Life" was requested to assist in providing first aid to victims needing an emergency transport.

(WARNING: Video below contains explicit language)


This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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