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Single-engine plane lands on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive

Sept. 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A single-engine airplane made an emergency landing Sunday on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive, officials said. There were no injuries.

Pilot John Pedersen said he was flying solo over the city at around 6 a.m. local time when his two-seater plane began vigorously shaking.

He landed on Lake Shore Drive, gliding over traffic that had stopped at a red light at Buckingham Fountain, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"There's no way I could have got it to Midway or O'Hare," Pedersen said.

The pilot walked away from the crash unscathed, but shaken, WLS-TV, Chicago, reported. There were no injuries on the ground.

"It's a blessing," Pedersen said.

Investigators said the accident was caused by a mechanical issue with the tail control of the aircraft.

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