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Legend Cub down in Lake Michigan

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Dec 27, 2004
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Pilot Lost in Plane Crash Into Lake
From the Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2006

CHICAGO — Rescuers searched until dark Sunday for the pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed into Lake Michigan about four miles from Chicago shores, authorities said.

The American Legend Cub's pilot and passenger were returning to Cleveland from Oshkosh, Wis. — the site of an air show earlier Sunday at which a man died in a taxiway accident.

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Authorities were not linking the Chicago and Oshkosh incidents.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the Cub's passenger, a 49-year-old Texas man, who was floating on an aircraft cushion in the lake off Chicago's South Side.

"He was very upset," said rescuer John Laurie, a coxswain. The passenger and pilot had been "swimming together towards the shore," Laurie said.

Mike Fox of the Chicago Fire Department said the passenger, who was taken to a hospital in good condition, "said the engine stopped, the plane floated for a few seconds and they were able to get out."

The search for the pilot was to resume today.

It was unclear what the pilot and passenger were doing in Oshkosh, but the passenger was wearing a bracelet commemorating an Oshkosh air show.

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