Plane makes emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive

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CHICAGO — A plane made an emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive near 38th Street on Friday afternoon.

In a mayday call to a tower at Chicago Midway International Airport, the pilot can be heard saying his plane was near Soldier Field with “partial power, engine failure.” A controller tells the pilot to land at Midway, to which the pilot says, “negative, we’re unable.” The controller then directs the pilot to Lake Shore Drive.

He landed in southbound lanes about 3:15 p.m. Friday, according to police and fire officials. No injuries or collisions were reported.

Officials said the plane was returning to Ohio from the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show in Wisconsin. According to FAA records, the fixed-wing single-engine plane is registered to a company in Medina, Ohio.

As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, all northbound lanes on Lake Shore Drive were open. Three southbound lanes had reopened after the plane was moved to a grassy median.


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