© 2024 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
TECHNOTE: 90.5 FM and AM870 reception

Detroit Plane Crash Killed Texas Restaurant Owner, Wife

Detroit skyline
flickr creative commons

The Texas teenager who survived the crash of a small plane in Detroit remains in a hospital.

The single-engine Cessna crashed Sunday in a Detroit neighborhood, killing pilot Greg Boaz and his wife, Julie. Greg Boaz' son, 17-year-old Peyton, stumbled out of the wreckage with injuries.

The three were traveling to Detroit to watch volleyball games.

Greg Boaz owned two restaurants, Lone Star Grill in Bacliff, Texas, and Palapa Bar in Kemah, Texas. The Houston-area restaurants shared news of the crash online.

Palapa Bar general manager Walter Wilson says Greg Boaz was a "pillar" of the community.

Investigators say Boaz reported trouble with landing gear as he was approaching a small airport in Detroit. He also told the control tower that he had fuel problems.

To help strengthen our local reporting as WKAR's fiscal year ends, we need 75 new or upgraded sustainers by June 30th. Become a new monthly donor or increase your donation to support the trustworthy journalism you'll rely on before Election Day. Donate now.