Retired pastor gives up piloting after third mishap

A plane sits on the dune north of Holland State Park where it crashed. (July 20, 2015)

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A retired pastor from Holland, Michigan has told his wife that he is giving up piloting after surviving his third plane crash.

According to a report recently released from the National Transportation Safety Board, 67-year-old Steven Stam’s single-engine plane ended up crashing on Sept. 11, 2015, on Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyoming. Stam stopped just short of colliding with a canyon wall.

Stam has survived two crashes prior to this incident. In 2009, he crashed at Park Township Airport. And in July 2015, Stam landed his plane on a Lake Michigan beach in Ottawa County Township.

The pilot of 22 years told The Detroit News Friday that he broke his back in the latest crash and informed his wife that he’d be giving up flying. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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