Blimp Catches Fire And Crashes At U.S. Open

 Friday, June 16, 2017

 NBC News

Videos posted to social media captured the moment a commercial blimp flying over the U.S. Open golf tournament in Wisconsin crashed Thursday morning into an open field. Spectators described how the pilot parachuted out of the tattered aircraft, which appeared to have caught fire, just in time before it slammed to the ground. The blimp company AirSign confirmed to NBC News that the pilot escaped "without any serious injuries." No other person was on board. The United States Golf Association said the blimp caught on fire and went down in a field about a half-mile from the Erin Hills golf course at 11:15 a.m. CT (12:15 p.m. ET).
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