HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The pilot who crashed his plane at Holland State Park over the weekend said he desperately tried to avoid the cold waters of the big lake, guiding the plane to part of the beach.
Now, we're hearing the 911 calls from the people who saw the plane go down.
The plane lost power 2,000 feet above a crowded beach.
The pilot, 66-year-old Steve Stam, was flying back from Benton Harbor after shooting some aerial photography.
He managed to guide the single engine plane farther down the beach, before crashing into a dune.
Stam estimates the impact was at 55 miles per hour.
Alarmed bystanders quickly called for help.
"Yes, I am at Spyglass [condominiums]. An airplane just crashed on the beach...It just came down. The nose is in the dune. It is just north of the state park."