By Associated Press - Monday, March 4, 2013

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A private plane carrying magician David Copperfield made an unscheduled stop in Illinois after it made a “frightening” sound en route from Las Vegas to New York.

Peoria International Airport officials say Mr. Copperfield’s plane landed there after it began experiencing problems around 1:45 a.m. CST Monday.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that Mr. Copperfield was supposed to appear live on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday but ended up filming the interview remotely from Byerly Aviation in Peoria, 160 miles southwest of Chicago.

The famed illusionist told “Today” that the plane made crackling noises at 37,000 feet that he recorded on his cellphone. He said he “kind of freaked out,” and he also tweeted that the incident was “so scary.”

Mr. Copperfield took a commercial flight back to Las Vegas on Monday morning.

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