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an-airfield-1154734-m.jpg Those driving on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago early Sunday morning were in for a shock when a pilot navigated and landed his small plane on the popular street after a mid-air malfunction forced the plane down.

The 51-year-old man flying the plane took off early Sunday morning from Schaumburg Regional Airport to fly over the lake front. At some point during the trip, an elevator broke free from the plane and the plane began to shake violently. The elevator is a part of the plane’s stabilizer and it enables the tail to move as necessary to keep the plane level. The pilot, a resident of Lombard, thought the entire plane may break apart and he knew that he needed to make an emergency landing. After radioing to Midway Airport, he knew that he was unable to keep the plane aloft long enough to make it to either Midway or O’Hare Airport and therefore made the decision to bring down the plane at some spot other than an airport.

As he was near the waterfront, the man decided that Lake Shore Drive presented the best option for an emergency landing. As he lowered his plane, he took note of the traffic lights on Lake Shore so that he could touch down while lights were red, thus not posing a danger to moving traffic. At shortly after 6:00 a.m., the plane landed in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive in the area of Jackson Street.

After the light turned red, two cars struck one of the plane’s wings but both vehicles left the scene. There were no other collisions and it is believed that no one in either car was hurt. The pilot as well as police and emergency responders were quick to note that the incident could have ended much differently and could have turned deadly in a moment if the pilot had not been able to land safely.

The plane, a two seat RANS S-6 Coyote II, is approximately 10 years old and recently passed an annual inspection. There was no indication of a problem with the stabilizer before the flight and the pilot said it was the first time an incident like this has occurred while he was flying. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident but at this time, it appears that the emergency was caused by the mechanical failure and that the pilot will not be ticketed as a result of the flight.
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1155226_takeoff_in_a_airfield.jpg A small plane traveling to Waukegan had to make an emergency landing west of Plano, Illinois last Sunday morning, leaving one passenger injured. Local sheriffs were called to an open field near the intersection of Cook Road and Sedgewick Road in Kendall County after witnesses reported a possible plane accident.

When they arrived, officials noticed a propeller plane in a field west of Cook Road. The pilot had previously reported engine problems and was forced to bring the plane down before reaching the intended destination of Waukegan, according to the FAA.

Two people were on board the plane and one of them sustained minor injuries. Though the other passenger did not complain of injuries, both were taken to Valley West Hospital for examination and treatment, the second as a precaution. The condition of the individuals involved is not currently known.

The facts surrounding the emergency landing remain equally unclear at this time. Though the pilot reported engine problems, even that has yet to be substantiated. Officials have been able to confirm that the plane originated from an airport near St. Louis and that the registered owner of the plane resides in Mundelein, Illinois.

In addition to local sheriffs, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident since that organization has jurisdiction over airplanes. Though each incident is different, typically it takes several weeks to months for the NTSB to release any findings, including what they determine to be the cause of the emergency landing.

Airplanes continue to be a relatively safe way to travel, but that does not mean that accidents and injuries never occur. When a passenger boards an airplane, the passenger’s safety is placed in the pilot’s hands, as well as the hands of the company who manufactured the plane and anyone who performed maintenance on the plane before a trip. When a collision, crash, or other incident occurs, it is not the passenger’s fault and any passenger who is injured may have a monetary claim for their damages. In many cases, a pilot or other employee may also have a claim.
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An airplane owned by Chicago-based BlueSky Taxi crashed Thursday evening in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, killing all three people on board, according to the Lakeland Times. BlueSky is a charter plane company. The plane was a single engine Cirrus model SR22 that was carrying three Milwaukee residents from General Mitchell International Airport to Lakeland Airport.

The plane crashed just southwest of the Lakeland Airport at a time when there was a low cloud ceiling and rainy conditions. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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