CHANNAHON, Ill. — A dramatic scene unfolded in the Channahon/Minooka area Saturday as a passenger plane pulling a glider was reported on fire, still in the air, sending local residents into a frenzy of concern.
Emergency services were swamped with 911 calls shortly before 1 p.m. as alarmed witnesses reported the flaming aircraft. The Minooka and Channahon Police Departments swiftly responded by shutting down Bell Rd, prepping for an emergency landing.
Authorities warned the public to avoid the area, emphasizing the potential danger to bystanders. At the same time, efforts were being made to establish communication with the beleaguered pilot, with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) getting involved.
The tense moments culminated in a sigh of relief as the plane safely touched down at the Chicago Glider Club on Bell Rd. The pilot was accounted for and thankfully, remained uninjured.
Eyewitnesses recounted the harrowing sight of the plane and glider soaring over a small business district before making its nearby landing. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.