Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N636CB: Incident occurred April 02, 2020 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Cook County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago, Illinois

Aircraft landed and veered off runway striking a taxiway light.


Date: 02-APR-20

Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: N636CB
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

No one was injured after a single-engine plane slid off the main runway and into a stormwater retention basin at Chicago Executive Airport on April 2nd.

According to Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac, fire crews responded to the alarm at approximately 6:56 p.m.

The pilot of the plane — who was the only person aboard — was able to get out of the aircraft without assistance, MacIsaac said.

Emergency responders from Wheeling and the Prospect Heights Fire Protection Dist. helped to remove the plane from the basin and take it to a remote area of the airport. Wheeling and Prospect Heights are co-owners of Chicago Executive Airport. 

Prior to sliding off the runway, the pilot had been practicing takeoffs and landings, said MacIsaac. 

Planes have slid into the stormwater basin before, though not when it was full of water, he told the Journal & Topics Friday (April 3). Usually, the area is a grassy field. However, water from recent storms had not drained from the area yet. 

“It’s a little bit of a new wrinkle to the whole thing,” said MacIsaac. 

He said two Wheeling units stayed at the scene until 8:38 p.m. to make sure the plane was removed from the area. The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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