US Open: Blimp crashes near Erin Hills, pilot injured

 

Probably the biggest story to come out of round one of the 117th U.S. Open is the scary blimp crash that occurred near Erin Hills. Many watched in horror, as they recorded the scene.

Apparently, all who was in the blimp were able to parachute out. Here’s scary aftermath from the crash.

Interestingly enough, the blimp was not part of the golf tournament as most might have expected. The pilot was injured, but let’s hope this pilot is OK.

Here’s an official statement from the USGA in regards to the crash:

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. First responders were quick to arrive at the scene and the pilot is currently being treated for unknown injuries. No other people were involved in the incident and local law enforcement is currently investigating. Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot at this time.

This is something that was odd, and scary. Let’s hope this is the last time we see something like this, because it could’ve been fatal.

Other than that, the U.S. Open has started off hot. Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey are leading the charge early on, as the rest of the week should be a blast.

You can follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio, as I will be at Erin Hills over the weekend covering the U.S. Open. You can also read my work at Pro Golf Now.

 

 


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