Small plane slides off runway at Midway Airport after wing clips the ground

A small private plane clipped the ground with its wing at Midway International Airport and overshot a runway Tuesday morning.

The pilot was practicing "touch-and-go" landings when the right wing of the single-engine Piper PA28 clipped the ground at 8:35 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

A touch-and-go is a maneuver in which the pilot lands and takes off again without stopping.

The plane stopped in the grass on airport property after overrunning runway 31C, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. The two people on board refused medical treatment, he said.

The plane was registered to RPM Flying Club. The group’s president declined to comment.


The runway was the site of a fatal plane crash in December 2005 when Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 landed in a snowstorm and overran the runway, crashing into traffic on Central Avenue and killing a 6-year-old boy.

Tuesday’s incident did not affect other flights, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The FAA was leading the investigation.