Police: 2 dead, 1 hurt in small plane crash in Detroit

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UPDATE: The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a small plane crash in a Detroit neighborhood that killed the pilot and one of his two passengers.

According to WXYZ, family members say 54-year-old Greg Boaz and 48-year-old Julie Boaz, his wife, were killed in the crash.

Air safety investigator Andrew Todd Fox said Monday that no conclusive cause has been determined for the crash.

Fox said the single-engine Cessna fueled up Sunday afternoon in West Memphis, Arkansas. The plane was cleared to land Sunday night at a small municipal airport on Detroit's eastside when the pilot reported one landing gear was not extended.

Fox said the pilot was circling back to the airport when he told the control tower he was either "low on fuel or out of fuel."

The plane struck trees and a power line as it crashed and caught fire. Video shows a 17-year-old boy, Greg's son, stumbling from the burning wreckage. Fox said the teen was in critical condition at a hospital.


ORIGINAL: The FAA will continue their investigation into a plane crash in Detroit, Michigan that killed two people.

The plane took off from Arkansas at around 3:45 pm, and was expected to land in Detroit close to 8:00 pm. Shortly after the expected landing time, calls were coming into 911 about the fiery crash.

An FAA spokesperson said the Cessna 210 had three people on board at the time of the crash.

They said the pilot reported a landing gear problem, as well as being low on fuel.

The plane went down in a neighborhood near City Airport, in Detroit’s east side.

Witnesses said the plane descended, hit a tree and flipped over, then caught fire.

Authorities are crediting bystanders for jumping into action.

"The plane crashed and we started running towards it. It was a small flame, and the flames got out of control, it started burning. And the gentleman in the plane was hollering and screaming, and that's when I went to work," said Cordell Owens, one of the bystanders.

Both the FAA and the NTSB are investigating to find the cause of the crash.

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