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Blimp crashes near US Open golf tournament, pilot taken to hospital

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 blimp. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

ERIN, Wis. — A blimp flying over golf’s U.S. Open has gone down and the aircraft’s operator said the pilot survived and had been taken to a hospital.

Justin Maynard, a sales manager for AirSign, the advertising company that operates the blimp, said the pilot was alone.

Maynard said the company’s operations team on the ground confirmed citizen video on social media showing the blimp going down.

Maynard said he had no other information on the crash that happened during the tournament’s opening round.

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