Pilot injured after blimp crashes in field at US Open

Pilot injured after blimp crashes in field at US Open”

Jordan Spieth faces an uphill battle to chase down his third major championship after firing a one-over 73 in Thursday's first round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin.

The U.S. Open tweeted that a blimp unaffiliated with the tournament or broadcaster FOX Sports crashed near Erin Hills Golf Course.

The blimp apparently crashed close to two highways near the Erin Hills golf course.

The pilot was airlifted from the scene and taken to a regional hospital where "is expected to be ok", according to Airsign, the advertising firm operating the blimp. "It appears the pilot parachuted out", Johnson, who was watching the game, said. The pilot suffered what the NTSB report described as minor injuries after colliding with a curb and a parked auto, and the agency found that he failed to follow a pre-flight checklist.

It also said its initial investigation shows the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems before the crash.

"A little bit of rust", said the four-time major champion, who was playing for the first time after a six-week layoff he needed to nurse a hurting rib. The blimp went down in an open field near the course.

Rickie Fowler has shot to the top of the U.S Open Championship leader board after a bogey-free 65 belied the difficulty of the Erin Hills course.

A blimp flying over the U.S. Open has gone down and the aircraft's operator says he doesn't know if the pilot is alive.

The annual golf tournament is in its 117th year and is located in Erin, Wisconsin.

Amateur videos and photos of the blimp crashing to the ground have been making rounds on social media. She said she drove toward the site where the blimp hit the ground.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Bureau are assisting with the onsite investigation.

WBAY reached out to witness Adam Johnson on Twitter.

"I watched some of the coverage earlier on and saw what Rickie (Fowler) did and Brooks Koepka and some of those guys", he said. However, he has none since then - most recently he closed with 76, going from penultimate final-round group to T-11 at the Masters - and still remains in the conversation of best players to have ever won a major.

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