March 6, 2021

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Airplane Loses Wheel Mid-Flight, Lands in Family’s Backyard

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A small plane that was headed towards the O’Hare International Airport lost a wheel mid-flight, and it ended up in a Chicago family’s backyard..

The wheel did not injure anyone in the Jefferson Park neighborhood where it landed.

The Boutique Air flight later landed “without incident” at O’Hare, according to a representative for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The 7 passengers were not injured.

But the plane did send a “considerable amount of sparks” flying down Runway 28C when it landed, says a statement from the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Shona Grant found the wheel, along with pieces of debris from the aircraft, in her backyard. Her and her husband were out for a walk when the incident occurred, but their four children were home.

At first, Grant thought the tire was a piece of trash someone tossed in her yard. Later, after speaking to a family friend who worked with planes, she discovered that it was a plane tire.

“It would have gone through the roof if it hit the roof,” she said.

Neighbors said that they heard the wheel hit the ground.

“There was a big boom. I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know if it was in my house. I checked the basement,” one resident said.

The FAA says it will be investigating the incident with the help of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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3 thoughts on “Airplane Loses Wheel Mid-Flight, Lands in Family’s Backyard

  1. How did they get all those people in a single seat aerobatic biplane? Oh well, I guess the smoke in the photo looked good to accompany the story.

  2. Your photo shows what appears to be a Pitts Special, with smoke system on. While a wonderful Airshow plane, it is at most a 2-place airplane. I have 500 hours plus in one of these, it won’t fit even two big guys much less 7 passengers. Rob the Tumbling Bear.

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