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Michigan City: Plane Overshoots Runway, Skids Across Highway

Michigan City: Plane Overshoots Runway, Skids Across Highway

(Michigan City Fire Department)

By    |   Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:11 AM

In Michigan City, Indiana, a small plane overshot the runway Wednesday morning and slid across a freeway into a field 300 yards away.

The incident happened about 6:45 a.m. at Michigan City Municipal Airport about 60 miles east of Chicago off Lake Michigan, WSBT-TV reported. The pilot and the copilot of the twin-engine airplane sustained minor injuries.

Officials said the plane overshot the runway while trying to land at the airport and crashed into a fence, ABC News reported. The plane continued to slide across a highway and into a snow-covered field.

The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office said the airplane came to rest near U.S. 20 and U.S. Highway 212 and sustained heavy damage, WMAQ-TV reported. The Northwest Indiana Times reported that the plane lost a wing and its landing gear in the crash.

"With that plane skidding across the highway, we're lucky there wasn't any traffic coming from either direction," Tony Drzewiecki, public information officer for the Michigan City Fire Department, told the Times.

Jessica Ward, the Michigan City Municipal Airport manager, said that pilot and passenger were taken to a hospital for precautionary measures, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. Ward said that the plane also took out a metal guardrail a few feet behind the fence before it crossed all four lanes of U.S. 20, the Times wrote.

The Michigan City police declined to release the names of those inside the plane pending a Federal Aviation Administration investigation.

Police said that the pilot had attempted to abort the landing but made the decision too late and there was not enough room on the runway to get airborne again, the Times reported.

The newspaper said that the plane is owned by Van E Aviation LLC in care of Land O'Frost Inc., according to FAA records. The twin-engine plane left the DuPage, Illinois, Airport, west of Chicago, at 6:22 a.m. and tried to land in Michigan City 22 minutes later, the times said per FAA records.

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