Top Ten Story of 2011: Z Islander Plane Crash

It's time for another year in review as we begin our top ten stories of 2011.

A plane crash at the the Z Islander Apartments in Bryan is the number ten story of the year.

A North Texas couple was killed Memorial Day weekend.

911 Operator: "911 what's the address of your emergency?"

Z Islander Resident Eriwaldo Teixeira: "A plane has crashed."

911 Operator: "Where?"

Eriwaldo Teixeira: "Z Islander."

It's a freak accident that rocked the Brazos Valley.

A Cedar Hill couple was flying a single engine plane from Fort Worth's Spinks Airport to Galveston, when something went terribly wrong.

"They went down trying to make Easterwood," said Matt Pucket of the Texas A&M Flying Club during a May 28 interview at the scene.

57-year-old John Holmstrom and his wife, 48-year-old Katherine were killed in the impact after their plane crashed in the parking lot of the Z Islander Apartments in Bryan. Amazingly no one on the ground was hurt.

Matt Pucket was also flying that night and heard the distress call.

"We were coming into the tower and the tower asked us to hold off 'cause we heard the radio call some people had ran out of gas and the next thing we know there wasn't anymore radio call and they just gave us a bearing and so we went over there and looked for them and we didn't see anything go down," Pucket said.

"If he'd made it here in this grassy knoll he might have been ok, but he actually hit a parked car here you can kind of see it there a silver car, the front's all destroyed and the engine of the plane is pushed up in the passenger compartment," said Will McCauley, during a May 28 interview. McCauley was a resident at Village On The Creek Apartments across the street.

Scott Stallings is a private pilot and was at Easterwood Airport when the call for help came out.

"He was basically losing fuel. So it wasn't that it was his fault for not having enough fuel when he took off or anything, it sounded like he was actually having an issue with losing fuel," said Stallings on May 29.

"It's definitely a humbling experience if you think about it we were the last people who heard those guys talking," said Matt Puckett.

While it's not required, the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary investigation reveals John Holmstrom did not file a flight plan and spotted Easterwood Airport, but the engine failed before he could make a refueling stop.

The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation is expected to be completed by May 2012.


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