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Chicago News Hosts Fooled By 'Plane Crash' Set For TV Show (VIDEO)

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Dramatic plane crashes on to busy city roads are the kind of thing you expect to see on TV crime dramas. A local news station in Chicago could possibly do with being reminded that.

The city's WGN-Channel 9 morning news show got caught up the moment as its helicopters caught what looked like a downed single-engine aircraft on Martin Luther King Drive, a highway on the city's south side.

"These are our first pictures here folks," says co-host Robin Baumgarten, "so bear with us, we're not getting much information from anyone yet."

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At first glance, it looks like a plane has come down in central Chicago

As Baumgarten and her partner Larry Potash try to make sense of the scene - men wandering around with a general lack of urgency, no "frenzied activity", no sign of ambulances or any debris beyond a discarded wing and a hole in the ground - you can easily imagine producers scrambling for information about what could possibly have happened.

Then, while Baumgarten and Potash try to theorise how there seemed to be no injuries, it happens.

The presenters pause, get a whisper in their ear, and realise what's going on.

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"Are you kidding me?": The moment the two find out what's really going on

"Are you kidding me?" Baumgarten asks sheepishly.

"We are just getting word that this is being shot as part of a TV show," Potash says.

The plane crash was, in fact, a set for the NBC series Chicago Fire.

"They might want to tell the news folks when they're doing this... Are you kidding me?" Baumgarten concludes.