Local News Station Reports Plane Crash That Turns Out To Be A Film Set [Video]

World

Shortly after 8 a.m. the news team at Chicago’s WGN Channel 9 went into breaking-news mode, sending out a helicopter and breathlessly reporting that a a plane had crashed into Martin Luther King Drive on the South Side.

The only problem was that what they were reporting on wasn’t a real plane crash, but a scene staged for the filming of a television show. 


‘We are just getting word that this is being shot as part of a TV show,’ anchor Larry Potash told viewers after three minutes of speculating on the terror drivers must’ve felt when the plane hit the road.

‘Are you kidding me?’ said anchor Robin Baumgarten. ‘They might want to tell the news folks that they’re doing this and shutting down King Drive. Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? 29th and King Drive, it’s OK. It’s all for a TV show, even though you see that plane in the road.’

Rival news stations had already called police and fire officials about what looked to be a real crash, but Channel 9 was the only one to take the story to the air live.

At ABC-Channel 7, the station’s news desk heard about the ‘crash’ between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. and had a helicopter at the scene in minutes, but dropped the story before it was broadcast.

‘Within five minutes of getting our helicopter there, we confirmed with the fire department that it wasn’t a real crash scene,’ Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director for the station, told the Chicago Tribune.

The ‘crash’ was actually the set of NBC show Chicago Fire, a drama about the lives of firemen in the Windy City.


The Fire Department tweeted an alert as soon as the Channel 9 story aired warning: ‘Chicago TV News is reporting a plane down at. Drive this is a filming for the NBC show Chicago Fire and is a simulation disregard.’

As they their embarrassment registered, Baumgarten blamed the television show for not alerting them while her co-anchor resorted to taking a shot at the rival network. 


‘It’s for a show that nobody watches on NBC,’ Potash said.

Even though Channel 9 was the only one to air the story, they weren’t the only ones confused. 


‘It looks like it didn’t get filtered down to everybody,’ said Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, who noted that even some patrol officers got on their scanners to ask supervisors about the ‘crash.’

Langford said the department would try and improve communication in the future.

The Chicago Film Office generally sends out notifications about large scale productions. 


‘To be honest, ‘Chicago Fire’ is out on the street filming nearly every day and we didn’t see this any differently than the standard filming,’ said Rich Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office . ‘The local community was notified so there weren’t any surprises there. We notify residents by knocking on doors, leaflets, talking to people directly in the community who live within the close proximity to the filming area.’

James Gilbert | Elite.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Julian Sonny

From the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to the streets of New York: Julian has seen it all. His lifetime of travels has given him a broad scope of knowledge and an eclectic taste unlike any other in the tri-state area. Julian has often been compared to cultural icon, The Rock, because of his unequivocal work ethic and warrior-like stature.

Original Video

Everything You Need To Know About Marijuana

Jesus has risen, but how high did he get? While Easter and 4/20 falling on the same day is most definitely a weird coincidence, it will also highlight a pretty important public opinion on what’s more important: weed or candy eggs? Sto...

More In World

World Connor Toole

Ukranian Man Offers $10k Each For Capture Of Russian Invaders

A Ukrainian politician has put a bounty on the head of Russian mercenaries in an attempt to stymie the neighboring country’s hostile actions in the region. According to The Trumpet, Borys Filatov, the lieutenant governor of Dnipropetrovsk, posted a message to Facebook earlier this week in which he provided a number of incentives for anyone […]

World Sean Levinson

The Flyer About Jews Needing To Register In East Ukraine Is Thankfully Fake

Western intervention in Ukraine seemed like a distinct possibility yesterday when it was reported that the Jewish community in the eastern city of Donetsk, currently occupied by pro-Russian militants, was given leaflets saying that they would be deported if they did not register with what is calling itself the city’s temporary government. But according to […]

World Sean Levinson

The Underwater Search For MH370 Could Cost A Quarter Billion Dollars

An underwater vehicle made by a private American company is currently searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It has come up with nothing after four missions covering nearly 50 square miles of sea. If the US continues employing private companies to search for the plane, it could cost a quarter of a billion dollars. […]

Also On Elite

Dating

8 Reasons Being In A Serious Relationship Might Beat Being Single

Summer is right around the corner and, as I am sure you know, summer tends to be less of a dating season and more of a mating season. With all the skin being shown, you really can’t blame people for wanting to sleep with the general population – we’re only animals. However, summer or not, […]

Life

You’ll Always Be Good, But Never Great: 5 Signs You’re An Underachiever

Before you continue, I want to make it very clear for whom this article is intended: Have you always been ambitious, driven, hungry and hardworking? If so, stop reading. None of this will resonate with you. If you are a reasonably intelligent person, who sometimes struggles with laziness and internal motivation, this is for you. […]