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Small plane makes emergency landing on I-355 outside Chicago

Four people reported non-life-threatening injuries.
Credit: WQAD

NEW LENOX, Ill. — A small plane made an emergency landing on the interstate outside of Chicago Thursday afternoon. The scene was blocking part of I-355 near Route 6 in New Lenox, Illinois.

A pilot and three passengers were on board the 1975 white Beech B24R fixed-wing aircraft.  According to a statement from the Illinois State Police, the plane crashed on the interstate around 11:10 a.m. after having a problem with the engine. 

"The pilot made an emergency landing on the interstate causing damage to the front end and the left wing of the aircraft," said the statement.

All four people on the plane were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The passengers are ages 15, 20 and 21, the pilot is 39; all four are from Wilmington, Illinois. 

 The landing caused a blockage across multiple lanes on I-355.  Drivers were urged to avoid the area during the investigation and cleanup. Traffic was moving again around 3:30 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified about the incident.