Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chicago, Illinois: Emergency call about plane in lake turns up nothing

Emergency crews responded to the lakefront downtown this afternoon after someone called 911 about a plane in the lake, but crews found nothing and local airports reported no missing planes, officials said.

The Fire Department was called to 300 north along the lakefront about 3:30 p.m. but fire officials called off the search less than 10 minutes later after finding nothing, according to department spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim.

More than 60 Fire Department personnel, including a special water operations chief and a dive coordinator, responded to the area near Randolph Street and the lakefront, Ahlheim said.

There was "nothing to substantiate" the report, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

Neither Midway nor O'Hare airport reported any missing planes, according to the Fire Department.

The U.S. Coast Guard was not called to assist, a Coast Guard officer at Lake Calumet said.


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