Blimp pilot suffers burns after crash near US Open

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  • CloseESPN Senior Writer
  • CloseESPN Senior Writer
    • Senior Writer for and ESPN The Magazine
    • Born and raised in Western Montana
    • Spent 11 years as a feature writer for The Baltimore Sun

ERIN, Wis. — The pilot of a commercial blimp that plunged out of the sky and crashed and burst into flames late Thursday morning about a mile from the U.S. Open at Erin Hills was “alert and conscious” as he was flown by helicopter to the hospital, according to a law enforcement officer on the scene.

Paramedics were seen tending to the injured pilot before they wheeled the man into a waiting helicopter marked “Flight For Life.” Authorities told reporters who arrived at the crash site

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