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Bizarre Scene on Busy Chicago Road: This Plane

Pilot makes emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive in early stages of rush hour
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2018 8:00 AM CDT
In this photo provided by Chicago Fire Department, a small plane that made an emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive rests on the road in Chicago.   (Chicago Fire Department via AP)
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Rush hour traffic was in its early stages on Chicago's busy Lake Shore Drive Friday when a bizarre scene unfolded that most definitely did not help the congestion. A small plane with two people aboard made an emergency landing right on the road, reports the AP. Fire officials say the pilot reported that he lost power and had no choice but to come down in the southbound lanes about 3:15pm. Somehow, he did so without hitting any cars, though traffic was subsequently backed up for miles.

CBS Chicago reports that the unidentified pilot sounded calm as the situation unfolded. When air traffic control suggested he try to make it to Midway Airport, he replied, “Negative, sir. We’ll be down here somewhere on the shore line.” Witnesses say the pilot flew under a pedestrian bridge before landing, and that skill may have an explanation: A city official says the Ercoupe 415-D was on its way back to Ohio after taking part in an air show in Wisconsin. (Read more Chicago stories.)

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