(NEW YORK POST) – Terrifying video captured the moment a 17-year-old boy tumbled out of and escaped the flaming wreckage of a small plane that crashed in Detroit, killing his parents, according to reports.
The single-engine Cessna 210, which was en route 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 boy, who suffered third-degree burns, is in critical condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Danny told WXYZ.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.