Pilot hurt after blimp crashes near US Open in Wisconsin

Fox Sports broadcast footage of an explosion from the downed blimp, which was operated by AirSign, an aerial advertising firm with operations across the United States. I didn't know it was the blimp. It is the 117th U.S. Open.

The pilot remained with the blimp as it slowly descended to the ground.

The Floriday-based company that owns the blimp, AirSign, is looking into the crash, said Catherine Walsh, a company sales representative.

Mary Ruediger was visiting her parents who live near Erin Hills golf course when the blimp went down nearby Thursday.

A blimp crashes during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 15, 2017, near Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. AirSign, an advertising company, operates the bl.

The statement says the blimp was on fire or smoking and went down rapidly. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said its initial investigation shows the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems. "I didn't play that bad", said Johnson.

Various media reports said the blimp deflated, started to come down slowly, burst into flames and crashed into a field near Highways 167 and 83.

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the U.S. Open on Thursday morning, opting to skip the golf major to attend his daughter's graduation ceremony. The Sheriff's Office asked the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board to help investigate the cause. The pilot was the only person inside at the time and is being treated for unknown injuries, the the U.S. Open said.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the blimp was sponsored by PenFed Credit Union, and that one person, possibly the pilot, was transported by Flight for Life from the crash site.

"The course was as receptive as it's going to be but I never really tried to make a birdie, they just seemed to happen along the way", said Fleetwood, who finished second behind Johnson in the WGC-Mexico Championship earlier this season and lost in a play-off in the Shenzhen International in April.