The pilot of an airplane with engine trouble succeeded in landing his craft
on Tuesday on Ind. 49 in Valparaiso.
Both the pilot and his passenger escaped uninjured and no one on the ground
was hurt, Valparaiso Police said.
According to police, at 3:40 p.m. the VPD began receiving calls about a
low-flying plane, possibly with engine trouble, in the area of Ind. 49 and
LaPorte Ave. Two minutes later, at 3:42 p.m. the pilot landed his
single-engine plane in the southbound lanes of Ind. 49.
The VPD identified the pilot as Anthony Vendramin, 69, of Hobart, who
confirmed that his plane had been “experiencing engine problems prior to
landing on the highway.”
Federal Aviation Administration personnel responded to the scene and began
an investigation, police said. The plane itself was loaded on the back of a
flat-bed tow truck and transported to its point of origin, the Porter County
Regional Airport (PCRA).
PCRA Director Kyle Kuebler was unable to provide any further information
about the incident, other than confirming that Vendramin at some point
earlier in the day had taken off from PCRA.
“We don’t have a tower,” Kuebler told the Chesterton Tribune. “It’s
an uncontrolled airport. He departed as a normal flight and had problems on
his return. It’s not necessary to file a flight plan.”
Det. Sgt. Chuck Rinker of the Chesterton Police Department was himself
southbound on Ind. 49 on Tuesday and reached Vendramin’s plane shortly after
he landed it. “No cars were involved,” Rinker said. “It didn’t even look
like there was any damage to the plane. I think he was a really skilled