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

One witness tweeted that the pilot appeared to have parachuted to safety.

An advertising blimp at the US Open in Wisconsin has deflated and crashed, burning as it fell and injuring the pilot, authorities have said. Many people at the sense saw a column of smoke after the crash.

TMZ Sports reported that the pilot made it out of the blimp but suffered suffered burns on his face and has pain in his neck and lower back.

There's no word yet on what caused the problem.

The incident occurred near Erin, Wisconsin, about 45 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot at this time".

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The blimp landed in a remote field with no direct road access and emergency responders were instructed to take ATVs to get to the crash site, according to TMZ.

"It started deflating, and then it started going down", said Bryan Rosine.

"A blimp unaffiliated with the #USOpen or @FOXSports has crashed near Erin Hills".

The sign on the blimp advertised PenFed Credit Union.

No other people were involved in the incident and local law enforcement is now investigating.

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.

Video from several angles has been shared by users on Twitter, which all show the same thing: a blimp clearly partly on fire, falling to earth in the woods next to the event.

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