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updated 2:59 PM UTC, Aug 21, 2017

NTSB Investigates Blimp Crash Near US Open

  • Written by Wheeler
  • Published in News

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a blimp at the U-S Open at Erin Hills near Hartford that severely injured its pilot.

It went down about 11:15 Thursday morning, one mile from the golf course where thousands of spectators were. The blimp's owner says pilot Trevor Thompson climbed out of the unit on the ground -- and he did not jump out with a parachute, as the first reports indicated on Thursday. He was in serious condition at suburban Milwaukee's Froedert (fray-dert) Hospital with burns. The blimp, owned by AirSign, was advertising a credit union when the outer skin had some type of failure -- and AirSign C-E-O Patrick Walsh told W-I-T-I T-V the company never had that happen before.

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