A twin-engine Piper Seneca aircraft stuck a deer during landing at Campbell Airport in Grayslake Sunday and then headed for Chicago Executive Airport for an emergency landing on Runway 16 — the longest runway at Chicago Executive Airport. The pilot reported that the small plane possibly hit a deer on landing and was presumed the cause of the damage to the left side landing gear. The pilot did a fly-by of the control tower at Chicago Executive Airport to the personnel in the control tower could check to see if the landing gear were deployed normally. The pilot was instructed to fly a pattern until firefighters could stage near the runway. Wheeling Fire Department and Prospect Heights Fire Department responded with two crash trucks, a fire engine and two ambulances to standby for the emergency landing, which involved landing the plane on its front and right-side landing gear while skimming on its left wing — with sparks flying. The plane landed safely.
The plane did not leak any fuel. Six passengers onboard, including two children, were not injured.
Daily Herald interview with Deborah Olson and grandchildren Blake Caravello, and Kayleigh Caravello — sharing the account of safe flying action by Lake County pilot John Olson.