Interrupting a beautiful early autumn Chicago sunrise on Sunday morning, some drivers along Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive saw something that isn’t seen often in the Windy City, thank goodness. According to the Chicago Tribune online publication’s report on Sunday morning, a two-seater plane landed on the long north-and-south highway that divides the city’s loop from Lake Michigan.
The report reveals that John Pederson was flying a plane over Chicago’s downtown area when he had mechanical problems with his airplane which caused his plane to start shaking profusely. He informed air traffic controllers of his situation via a mayday call, and obviously needed to land the plane immediately. As one can imagine, there aren’t many places any good places to land an airplane in downtown Chicago. But Pederson, managed to make an emergency landing right on Lake Shore Drive at the red light located not far from a Chicago landmark – Buckingham Fountain.
The pilot managed to glide over vehicles that were stopped at the red light and land safely. The report says that no one was injured. Pederson was able to walk from the landed plane but was reasonably shaken from the event. He told reporters at the scene that there was no way he could have made it to either of the two airports in the area – Midway on Chicago’s southwest side or O’Hare International Airport on the city’s far northwest side.
Traffic was disrupted in the northbound lane for a short amount of time.