A blimp just crashed at the U.S. Open and the pilot has been airlifted to a hospital

Cameron Smith

Know how those blimps that cover highly televised events always look so serene and bucolic? Think again. Here's what happens when something goes wrong. 

With the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open getting underway in Erin Hills, Wis., a blimp sponsored by PenFed Credit Union crashed in a field roughly one mile southeast of the course. The crash was fiery, explosive and generally shocking. It also involved the pilot reportedly parachuting out shortly before the crash, and he has been airlifted to a local hospital per reports

Fox Sports, which is televising the entirety of the Open, caught video of the explosion, and it's horrific: 

Hopefully the pilot will make a full recovery from any injuries that they sustained after ejecting from the aircraft. It's not believed anyone else was onboard. 

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