Blimp goes down at US Open golf tournament in Wisconsin

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"I'd rather be remembered for something that's done on Sunday", said Fowler, who finished in the top five in all four majors in 2014 but has yet to win one of the game's biggest prizes. Witnesses told WISN-TV that the blimp was on fire and then exploded when it hit the ground. Aerial ad company AirSign had been promoting a blimp above the tournament hours before the crash, and ABC reports that the company confirmed that its blimp was the one that had crashed.

The airship was not affiliated with the U.S. Golf Association or the U.S. Open Championship broadcast, the U.S. Golf Association added. He was taken by helicopter to a hospital. Pilot was injured and first responders are on the scene.

Video of the blimp going down over the golf course near Hartford, Wisconsin, was captured by several people and posted to social media on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the initial investigation revealed the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems prior to the crash.

The Sheriff's Office said it is assisting the FAA and National Transportation Safety Bureau with the investigation.

Emergency crews have responded to the site of the crash, which was in an open field outside of the course. Twitter user "Drez" filmed the accident. "I don't know if the wind caught up with him or what".

Justin Maynard, a sales manager for Florida-based AirSign, says the company's operations team on the ground reported on the pilot's status.

A small blimp crashed near the U.S. Open on Thursday, seriously injuring the pilot and grabbing the attention of fans and golfers alike as they watched the fiery, smoking craft fall from the sky into an open field.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot at this time", the USGA statement said.

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