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).