I received a seemingly unnoteworthy text from NotifyChicago around 3:30 pm today: Lake Shore Drive was closed. A lane closure on this busy Chicago expressway – which runs parallel to Lake Michigan – is hardly newsworthy given the start of Friday afternoon rush hour traffic. It was probably a (car) crash, and hopefully, everyone was okay.
Then, the text above, about CPD (Chicago Police Department) shutting down Lake Shore Drive to “secure and remove the airplane” – what?!
— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) July 27, 2018
“Negative, we’re unable” to make it to Midway
‘Crash,’ indeed, although thankfully not at all what one would expect when talking about a highway. A small plane carrying two passengers was unable to make it to Chicago’s Midway Airport (MDW) on the city’s southwest side after declaring an emergency. Midway’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) directed the plane to land on a busy expressway next to the lake.
Listen to the audio below. Thankfully, no one was injured in what could have been a tragic incident.
Here’s the first 10min of audio, from Midway Tower then Citywide 1: Pilot returning from EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI declares mayday w/ possible engine failure, lands on Lake Shore Drive @ 3800 S #ChicagoScanner #Chicago pic.twitter.com/I9SwgWbG1J
— Eric Tendian (@EricTendian) July 27, 2018
Original text this afternoon – which I promptly ignored.