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  • 3 December 2012, 12:55

News station reports TV plane crash

A Chicago TV station interrupted its morning show with 'breaking news' of a plane crash on a local road - only to find it was a set for a television show.

News anchors Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten broke off from their schedule on Channel 9 as word came through that a light aircraft had crashed on Martin Luther King Drive.

A news helicopter was on the scene to beam footage as the pair tried to piece together what had happened and whether there were any casualties, reports the Chicago Tribune.

But moments later the pair's jaws dropped when a message came through that the crash scene was for TV series Chicago Fire.

"We are just getting word that this is being shot as part of a TV show," said Mr Potash to which Ms Baumgarten replied: "Are you kidding me?

"They might want to tell the news folks that they're doing this and shutting down King Drive."

Once it was clear it was filming for a rival network's show about firefighters, Mr Potash added: "It's for a show that nobody watches on NBC."

Channel 9 news director Greg Caputo commented: "Our previous experience with movies and TV shows filming in Chicago is that they inform the community that something is happening.

"Since we had no such advisory, our news team began to describe the scene they could see from our helicopter shot."