He had "serious burns and injuries," the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. But he was able to share details of the crash with officers, said National Transportation Safety Board officials, who are investigating the crash.
A representative for AirSign, the company that operates the blimp, told the Associated Press that only the pilot was on board the craft, and he is "OK." No one else was hurt.
The company that owns the blimp is AirSign. They posted a picture of the PenFed Credit Union model that was flying over the course on Twitter, along with a request for people to post and share their "blimp sighting pics."
Emergency crews have responded to the site of the crash, which was in an open field outside of the course.
The charred remains of the inflatable aircraft could be seen lying on the ground. A metal frame lying on the burnt ground appeared to be the only remains of the gondola, or passenger compartment.
This is the first year the golf tournament, one of the PGA's four majors, has been held at Erin Hills. It is the 117th U.S. Open.