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Cary pilot skids through field during emergency landing at Grayslake airport

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GRAYSLAKE – No one was injured Sunday when a Cary pilot made an emergency landing at a Grayslake airport, officials said.

The Grayslake Fire Protection District responded at 5:50 p.m. to a reported airplane crash at Campbell Airport, 22731 W. Town Line Road, Grayslake, according to a news release.

When firefighters arrived, they found the uninjured pilot outside the airplane, the release said. The pilot, from Cary, was flying a 1979 single-engine Cessna plane from Pierre, South Dakota, to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling when he began experiencing engine trouble, according to the release.

During the pilot’s emergency landing, the plane landed 100 to 150 feet short of the runway and skidded through a farm field and across a bridge before coming to a stop on the far west end of the runway.

The landing resulted in a small fuel spill, which firefighters were able to control.

The crash is being investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the release.

The pilot’s identity was not available Monday.

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