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Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N6460R: Accident occurred August 05, 2022 in Libertyville Lake County, Illinois

Police from Libertyville and Vernon Hills, and firefighters and paramedics from Countryside FPD and Vernon Hills responded about 10:15 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2022 to a report of an aircraft emergency landing on Milwaukee Avenue south of Trader Joe’s (1600 South Milwaukee Avenue) and north of the railroad tracks.

A male pilot made an emergency landing while flying a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee. No injuries were reported, but the aircraft was slightly damaged. No fire was reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration registration for the aircraft is valid through February 28, 2023. The ownership is registered by a personal name out of Spring Grove in McHenry County.

According to, the N6460R aircraft took of from Reese Airport in Muncie, Indiana at 8:39 PM CDT and was last seen on at 10:16 PM — plotted near 42.2588,-87.9480 (a little north of where the plane was actually located)

The aircraft was loaded onto a flatbed tow truck at about 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

Fire officials say a small plane landed on a busy stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville after it began experiencing mechanical problems Friday evening.

The incident happened around 10:15 p.m. Friday near Trader Joe’s, 1600 South Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville.

The Libertyville Fire Department, Countryside Fire Protection District, Vernon Hills Police Department and Libertyville Police Department responded to the scene.

Libertyville fire officials said the plane, a Piper PA-28 Cherokee, began experiencing engine failure.

The plane conducted an emergency landing on Milwaukee Avenue due to the issue after being unable to restart the engine.

The plane did not hit any vehicles and no one was injured in the incident, Vernon Hills police said.

“It’s not everyday when you see a plane land on Milwaukee Avenue. Looks like a textbook landing, given the circumstances,” fire officials said.

Libertyville police said the incident “might of been a first for us” and they were glad everyone was safe.

Records show the plane had departed Muncie, Indiana around 8:40 p.m. Friday and was enroute to Campbell Airport in Grayslake.

The plane appeared to have been flying northwest entering the Libertyville area when it made an abrupt left turn and flew south as it made the landing on the roadway.

The plane was removed from the roadway and placed onto a flatbed tow truck. It was towed to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

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