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NTSB: Landing Gear, Low Fuel Caused Detroit Plane Crash

The one-engine plane crashed into a Detroit neighborhood in June

July 27, 2018 - 7:29 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- The National Transportation Safety Board announced that a premilinary report from a plane Crash in Detroit last month stemmed from issues with landing gear.

Two people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed in a residential neighborhood near Detroit Coleman A. Young International Airport.

Greg Boaz and his wife Julie were both killed, while their 17-year-old son survived.

The report from the NTSB shows that Boaz began approaching the runway when he realized that his landing gear was not coming down. After speaking with air traffic control, he began to circle the airport to try and fix the issue. 

The flight had originated from Texas and made a stop for fuel in Arkansas, before continuing to Detroit. As the plane circled the airport multiple times for about 10 minutes, the craft ran out of gas. 

Boaz had indicated that he wanted to try and land in a grass strip near the runway, but was not cleared to do so. As he continued to circle, the plane fell more than 1,800 feet into a vacant residential lot on Milton Avenue. Two men used an ax and a baseball bat to try and save the three inside the plane, but were only able to rescue the teenage boy.