This morning, WGN-Channel 9 News helicopter spotted a small plane sitting in the middle of the street on the South Side of Chicago. There was a giant crack in the cement, one of the wings was crushing a car and the scene was surrounded by a bunch of people running around frantically. The Channel 9 News team came to the only logical conclusion: A single engine plane had crashed in Chicago.
News anchors Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten described the scary scene for a few minutes before they were alerted that it was actually a scene from the TV show Chicago Fire.
Potash said: ”
We are just getting word that this is being shot as part of a TV show.”
“Are you kidding me? 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.”
Here’s a video of WGN’s fake plane crash report this morning.
WGN may be the ones who look foolish at the moment but Rich Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office, said that he took partial blame. Moskal said that he sends out media alerts for large-scale productions but didn’t see today’s shoot as anything out of the ordinary.
“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,” he said. “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.”