Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cessna P210 Pressurized Centurion, N3896P: Fatal accident June 24, 2018 near Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport (KDET), Wayne County, Michigan

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Aircraft crashed in a vacant lot and was destroyed by fire.


Date: 25-JUN-18
Time: 00:33:00Z
Regis#: N3896P
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: P210N
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Julie (left) and Greg Boaz

Lone Star Grill, Bacliff, Texas, owner Greg Boaz and his wife Julie died in a plane crash on Sunday night. Greg's 17-year-old son, Peyton, is in critical condition in a Detroit area hospital with his mother Jaime by his side.

Peyton Boaz

Terrifying video captured the moment a 17-year-old teen tumbled out of and escaped the flaming wreckage of a small plane that crashed in Detroit, killing his parents, according to reports.

The Cessna P210 Pressurized Centurion, which was enroute to Coleman A. Young International Airport from Arkansas, apparently struck a power line and tree Sunday night, Detroit police Capt. Mark Thornton said.

The crash killed a Texas couple — Greg Boaz, 54, and his wife, Julie, 48 — and left their son Peyton critically injured, a family member told WXYZ.

Danny Boaz, Greg’s cousin, said Greg hadn’t flown in the last decade.

He said Greg, who bought the plane last week, and his family were heading to Detroit for Greg’s daughter’s cheer competition.

“I was asking if he flies anymore, he said ‘no,'” Danny said. “He was thinking about getting back into it. I really believe that the conversation kind of piqued his interest in flying again.”

Police credited Cordell Owens with making sure the boy made it out alive, using an ax to put a hole in the fuselage.

“The plane crashed and we start running towards it and it was a small plane and the flames were out of control, it started burning and the gentleman in the plane started hollering and screaming, and that was when I went to work,” he said, WXYZ reported.

“I feel real good about it,” Owens said. “I don’t feel like a hero, but it is something that I had to do.”

The pilot circled the plane around the runway and tried landing in the grass, clickondetroit.com reported.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said preliminary information indicates the pilot reported a landing gear problem and low fuel shortly before the crash.

The teen, who suffered third-degree burns, is in critical condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Danny told WXYZ.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Story and video: https://nypost.com

National Transportation Safety Board air safety investigator Andrew Todd Fox briefs reporters Monday, June 25, 2018, on the agency's investigation into a Cessna P210 Pressurized Centurion crash in a Detroit neighborhood. 

DETROIT (WJBK) - A husband and wife were killed in a plane crash Sunday when their Cessna crashed into a vacant lot in Detroit. 24 hours later, authorities still don't have much more details.

A business owner from the Houston area was piloting the Cessna when it crashed around 8 p.m. Sunday. His wife and son were on board but the 17-year-old is the only one to survive the wreckage. According to authorities, low fuel and landing gear problems are to blame. 

Investigators with the NTSB were on the scene Monday to investigate the crash at Detroit's Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport. According to initial findings, the plane had problems landing before it ran out of fuel, hit two trees and a power line, and then exploded into flames. The pilot, Greg Boaz, and his wife, Julie, were both killed. 

The plane was fully engulfed in flames by the time rescue crews arrived. Witnesses rushed to the scene to try help the victims. Cell phone video shows his son, 17-year-old Peyton Boaz running from the wreckage as it was engulfed in flames. 

Lifelong friend Bob Mutina told FOX 2 that Greg and his family lived outside of Houston and flew from Arkansas Sunday night for his daughter's volleyball tournament in Detroit this week. He said that Greg owned two restaurants in Texas and only recently bought the plane but not flown recently. He recalled a conversation he had with another friend.

"I said Randy I don't think he's flown. I said he used to fly a lot back in the 80's and 90's and he said you know, Bob, I felt really uncomfortable cuz he said I don't think he's flown in a long time. He said I don't think Greg needs to be flying that airplane until he learns it," Mutina said.

It's too early to tell if the crash was the result of pilot error, mechanical error or both. Investigators with the FAA and NTSB are on scene.

According to Andrew Todd Fox, air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board of Chicago, the pilot was in communication practically the entire flight.

"The pilot reported a landing gear anomaly or a malfunction of the landing gear," Fox said. "The pilot made it clear it was a fuel related issue with the aircraft. There were no additional communications between air traffic control and the aircraft. Shortly thereafter there were 911 calls reporting the aircraft down."

Federal authorities are still investigating and the report will not be complete for at least a year and a half, maybe longer.

Peyton is still hospitalized with critical injuries. Authorities have not yet spoken with him about the crash.

Story and video: http://www.fox2detroit.com

DETROIT - A Texas couple was killed Sunday when a single-engine plane crashed in Detroit just a mile from Coleman A. Young International Airport (Detroit City Airport). 

Greg Boaz, 54, and Julie Boaz, 48, were traveling from Texas with Greg's 17-year-old son. The teen survived the crash and was able to escape the fiery wreckage. He is at a hospital with his biological mother, who flew into Detroit separately on a commercial flight. 

Only the three of them were on the plane. No one on the ground was injured. 

Family was to meet in Detroit

The trio was supposed to meet up with the teen's mother for an event in Detroit. But the Cessna 210 plane crashed about 8 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Milton and Eldon avenues, west of Van Dyke Avenue

Local 4 has learned the teen originally was sitting in the front seat on the plane, but during a layover he asked to sit in the back seat because he was cramped. When the plane crashed, his father and stepmother were killed. 

Video shows the teen rolling out of the burning wreckage. He was able exit out of a door. 

What caused this crash?

The plane may have been out of fuel. It had left Texas just before 4 p.m. and after a short layover in Arkansas it was expected to touch down in Detroit just before 8 p.m.

The pilot was circling Detroit City Airport and attempting to land in a grassy area. The tower eventually lost contact. 

The 911 calls started flooding dispatch just after 8 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating. It may take them a year to finalize their scientific report. 

Story and video: https://www.clickondetroit.com


Anonymous said...

This is quite sad.

A P210 is about the most complex single engine plane you can buy. If the father did not have recent logged flight time or a good knowledge of the plane this was NOT good.

The flight was a long one and he could have burned more fuel than thought.
If he tried to pump the gear down by hand he may have been preoccupied with that instead of fuel and/or watching where he was heading.

Jim B said...

An awful tragedy.

Despite low fuel (pilot decision) and gear problems (can happen to anyone) this airplane should have landed under control on a runway or adjacent grass somewhere with emergency services waiting to assist.

Lets hope Payton recovers to lead a full life.

Anonymous said...

Sad, sad, situation. May God comfort the families in this time of grief and heal the son both physically and mentally.

Reviewing this planes history it appears its had a tough life almost from the beginning. First gear up landing came less than a month after it's first flight. Only 27.6 hours on it when a ruptured hydraulic line kept the gear from extending. A few years later another gear up landing after the pilot ran the tanks dry and landed hard on the runway. In 2015 it exited the runway surface into the grass and while trying to taxi back onto the runway the nose wheel went into a hole and the prop struck the ground.

All of the above incidents happened while owned by previous owners.

My heart goes out to all of those effected by this accident.

Anonymous said...

If the background story is true, this pilot's decision process is criminal. So sick of these 'bigshot' pilots killing (manslaughter) their passengers

D Naumann said...

Well obviously there must have been some fuel on board as it created quite a nice bonfire. I'll wait to comment on the pilot's decision making until I learn more of his history. It does sound suspicious however.

Anonymous said...

Every passenger before they get on board with some Private Pilot needs to ask some fundamental questions. How long have you owned the airplane, how much flying do recently in that aircraft or type. how much total time do you have in it. Have you recently flown with an instructor going over emergency procedures? The list goes on

Anonymous said...

Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad! 10 years away from flying? If this gentleman ran/owned two successful eating establishments, he probably worked 19 hrs. per day. Not much time for aviation. Take a CFI along for a while. Judgment is the key! I hope the CFI that signed him off kept good records. At this point it can get really ugly. Condolences to the surviving family members.

ATP, CFI, Air Carrier retired

Anonymous said...

You haven't flown in a decade and you take off on a cross continent flight in a plane you bought a week ago? This had potential disaster written all over it. It's a shame general aviation is marred by such foolish decisions.

Anonymous said...

I went to an FAA Wings safety seminar a few years ago and the man from the FAA told us that if we only flew enough to stay legal (3 takeoffs & landings every 90 days) we should find another "hobby". He also said "know thy airplane". Both things this accident pilot didn't do. So many bad decisions that this had disaster all the way around. I hope the son can somehow recover from this but seeing him rolling out of that inferno was shocking but inspiring as his will to live is strong. He should not have bought such a complex aircraft until he obtained more recent flying and should have taken a CFI with him. He wasn't even instrument rated but was flying along at 12,000' above some clouds on this flights FlightAware tracking. R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

I guess if you have money and no fear, you can do anything. The friend was right to feel uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

God bless and be with the family and friends.

A year from now, I will start flying again (after a 20+year absence, gotta get the kids through school ya know...) I'm buying a 172 or a Cherokee. I have single & multi engine, instrument and used to hold CFI in all three. But "A mans gotta know his limitations..."

Anonymous said...

when you buy your 172 or Cherokee you need to post a placard telling all potential passenger of the risk and your lack of recent experience.

Anonymous said...

This comment has more to do with this thing we as pilots call “community”. A collection of a special group of people who support each other and show generosity and professionalism.

A tragic accident, as they all are especially when passengers are fatally or gravely injured. For all of you that read this article, think about their son Peyton. There is a GoFundMe account to help with the medical bills. It can be located at gofundme /boaz-family-medical-fund , Google it. For what you might spend on 5 gallons of Avgas, or chasing that $100 hamburger, donate. Put your money towards a good thing, you’ll feel much better about how these articles can serve the aviation community.

While on my last tour in Afghanistan, I was wounded with 3rd degree burns on my legs. Five years later I was able to regain full use and walk/ run again. I was told by the VA that burns are among the most expensive to treat, and most people suffer life long disabilities, especially emotional. As a soldier, we accept the risks and appreciate the fact we can move on. This young boy, Peyton, didn’t sign up for life long disabilities and disfigurement. Seeing that his folks were self employed, it’s a sure bet that their medical insurance was poor at best with tall deductibles and co insurance. So, help the boy out.

Follow my words and my lead, donate. $20, $50, ... whatever, it adds up.

Kurt Shaul.
Lt Col US Army Ret.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lead Lt Col Shaul