Ercoupe In A Jam


It all worked out in the end but the pilot of an Ercoupe 415-D on his way to Ohio from AirVenture likely annoyed thousands of Chicago commuters. A reported engine failure prompted him to land the little single on Lake Shore Drive, one of the city’s busiest streets. He flew it under a pedestrian overpass and landed on the wide street without hitting anything but the incident and the ensuing response closed all the southbound lanes of the thoroughfare. It took about an hour to get the plane pushed to the side of the road and open three of four lanes and by then the traffic jam stretched for miles.

A report from CBS Chicago says the pilot called air traffic control to report an engine failure and the controller suggested he head for nearby Midway Airport. “Negative sir. We’ll be down here somewhere on the shoreline,” the station reported the pilot as saying.