Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Chicago's Lake Shore Drive

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email
The pilot of the single-engine experimental plane touched down around 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

A single-engine plane makes emergency landing on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. (Courtesy ABC 7 Chicago)

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The pilot of a single-engine plane has made an emergency landing on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive.

ABC7 Chicago reports that the single-engine RANS S6 plane landed on the busy roadway shortly after 6 a.m. Th pilot suffered some minor injuries but is expected to be okay.

The Chicago Fire Department says the plane had a mechanical issue with tail control. The pilot touched down on Lake Shore Drive, near the iconic Buckingham Fountain, after spotting a gap in traffic.

"I was just doing a routine flight, a recreational flight. I was over Willis Tower, and all of sudden, 'Boom!' The plane was shaking vigorously," pilot John Pedersen tells ABC7 Chicago. "You prepare for it . When you fly, you look for a place to land at all times."

"I'm on the ground. I'm alive. That's history. That's my God looking out for me," Pedersen said.

Two vehicles struck one of the plane's wings shortly after it landed but fled the scene. No one on the ground was hurt. Pedersen tells ABC 7 he started having trouble about 20 minutes into his flight, which originated in the nearby suburb of Schaumburg.

The FAA will be investigating the incident.

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