No one was injured after a small plane, occupied by a flight student and a flight instructor, made an emergency landing on Cary-Algonquin Road in Cary Monday morning.
Cary Deputy Police Chief Scott Naydenoff said a Cary police officer was on patrol around 8:18 a.m. Monday in the area of Cary-Algonquin Road and Fox Trails Drive.
The officer spotted a small aircraft flying at a low altitude.
Naydenoff said the officer saw the propeller of the single-engine plane had stopped rotating and realized the aircraft was planning to make an emergency landing on Cary-Algonquin Road.
The plane, occupied by a 21-year-old female flight student and a 26-year-old female flight instructor, successfully landed on the roadway without incident.
There were no injuries or property damage caused by the landing, Naydenoff said.
Cary Fire Protection District Communication Specialist Alex Vucha said it was remarkable that no passing vehicles collided with the aircraft.
Firefighters verified there were no hazards, such as leaking fuel, and cleared the scene a short time later.
The plane left from DuPage Airport and planned to land at Lake in the Hills Airport.
Naydenoff said the plane experienced engine failure shortly before making the emergency landing on Cary-Algonquin Road just south of St Barnabas Lutheran Church.
The FAA told Lake and McHenry County Scanner they will be investigating the incident, which involved a Cessna 172L plane. The owner of the plane is Illinois Aviation Academy based in West Chicago.
Traffic was diverted around the incident for approximately 90 minutes until the plane was removed from the roadway, Naydenoff said.