Missing chopper found crew safe on the West Side Highway Saturday, July 10, 2014, in the city’s South Side neighborhood. (The Associated Press) (The Associated Press)
The helicopter was flying around 4 p.m. around 5th and C Streets at Cesar Chavez when it came to a sharp, screeching right turn, officials said. The plane continued over the crowd, then stopped.
That’s when the driver of a Dodge Challenger, identified Saturday night as 46-year-old Luis Perez, of the 3900 block of West Cesar Chavez, opened fire on the chopper, officials said. The bullet struck the left engine door and was lodged inside the driver-side door panel. Perez shot himself while trying to cover up the death, said the Rev. Kevin Scott of the St. Francis of Jesus United Methodist Church, which was nearby at the time.
All three passengers on board the chopper were in serious condition when they were treated at the scene, officials said.
All three were expected to survive and the helicopter crash was the first fatal mishap of its kind in Chicago, with no serious injuries or fatalities reported.
The pilot of the chopper fired at the chopper and stru바카라사이트ck it in midair, striking the vehicle. Police also found Perez holding a weapon, which he fired on the chopper, hitting the driver-side door 우리카지노panel, officials said. A number of passengers were trapped inside, and the driver was taken into custody.
As of midnight, four people remained hospitalized and one person was arrested, the Illinois State Police said.
The incident caused traffic backups to nearby arterial roads and at least three major highways, including I-80 in the Cuyahoga Falls area and Wabash, N.Y., both were shut down, a State Police press release said.
Authorities were still searching for Perez, whose last known address was in the 2700 block of North West Austin, officials said.
Perez is being held in the Orleans Parish Correctional Center on $150,000 bond, the Chicago Tribune said.
The plane was traveling down U.S. 1 when it was struck and crashed, according to the Chicago Fire Department’s helicopter traffic advisory.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Authorities were unable to pr우리카지노ovide any details on the condition of passengers on board, or how the crash happened at the time.