Hero pilot narrowly averts disaster as he manages to crash land out-of-control plane between two Chicago apartment buildings
- Aircraft was coming into land but lost control
- Pilot safely managed to set plane down in between buildings of an apartment complex
- Mayor of town calls it a ‘Godsend’ that nobody was injured
By James Daniel
A pilot narrowly averted tragedy thanks to his quick thinking actions that saw him save the plane from crashing into an apartment block.
The pilot was able to angle the plane away from the Foxboro Apartment complex and even managed to land upright.
Incredibly, the pilot, the plane’s only occupant, was able to walk away, although he was transported to Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview with minor injuries.
‘Normally those planes come over the lake, and come down, but we saw it wasn’t going to come down where it was supposed to,’ said 11-year-old Jakaila Johnson. ‘We ran inside the house and screamed, ‘A plane crashed!’ . . . We thought it might blow up.’
‘To develop a problem and then put it down on the road instead — it could have been a lot worse,’ Rouleau said. ‘It could have been in some buildings, but he was able to put it down on the street to avoid injuries to himself and people on the ground.’
‘There was a fair amount of damage, but for what he did, the airplane was pretty intact for landing short of the runway,” he said. “He did a spectacular job of avoiding homes and cars.’
The mayor of the small town of Prospect Heights where the plane came down called the incident ‘a Godsend.’ ‘I think we’re very fortunate to have an airplane accident that was a walkaway situation,’ said Nick Helmer. ‘It’s very fortunate that nobody was hurt — either on the ground or those in the air.’