Plane makes emergency landing on LSD; pilot recalls experience

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A pilot of a small airplane had to make an emergency landing early Sunday morning on Lake Shore Drive

51-year-old John Pedersen, of Lombard who walked away uninjured, had been flying his two-seater plane over downtown Chicago when a stabilizing part broke loose, causing the aircraft to shake violently.

At the time of the mayday call, about 5:45 a.m., he was flying just 1,900 feet above Millennium Park, he said.

Pedersen. who said he had been flying for five years, had decided the drive was his best landing spot. If timed correctly, he figured, he could bring down the plane while traffic was stopped at a red light.

When the light on East Balbo Avenue turned red, he brought the plane down in the northbound lanes.

Two cars hit the airplane after it landed.

No other injuries were reported.

Pederson spoke with WGN Morning News to recount his scary experience.

Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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