A jet carrying about 20 people heading from Texas to Boston for an MLB playoff game crashed and burst into flames — but all passengers and crew survived. First responders rushed to the scene after the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Houston Executive Airport, according to officials in Waller County, near the city of Houston.
The airport is mostly used by corporate clientele, outlets report. Waller County officials said 19 passengers and crew were aboard. While the cause of the accident is under investigation, FAA officials said the aircraft crashed through a fence during takeoff before coming to a stop in a field and catching fire around 10 a.m., KTRK reported. Everyone on board was able to get out of the plane, county officials said. One passenger was injured.
The plane is registered to J. Alan Kent, the owner of a Houston-based custom home construction company, KTRK reported. The passengers were heading to Boston for game 4 of the American League Championship Series, with the Houston Astros facing off against the Boston Red Sox, KPRC reported. Officials identified the plane as a McDonnell Douglas model MD-80, which can seat up to 172 passengers.
Nearly two dozen people escaped serious injury when a large jet crashed while attempting to take off from Houston Executive Airport.
the FAA said an MD-87 destined for Boston departed at about 10:08 a.m. and was unable to get off the ground.
The large plane rolled through an airport fence before crossing Morton Road north of the airport. It came to rest among dense brush in a pasture where it then caught fire.
Officials said all 21 people on board, including 18 passengers and three crew members, were able to exit the aircraft on their own without suffering serious injury.
Two passengers were transported to nearby hospitals after reporting back pain and respiratory issues after the crash. It’s not clear if the injured were passengers or crew.
Video from KPRC-TV’s helicopter showed the plane on fire with most of the fuselage having been consumed by fire. The tail section and two engines were all that remained after the fire was extinguished.
Further details about the cause of the crash have not yet been revealed. The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.
Houston Executive Airport is west of Houston, between Katy and Brookshire, north of Interstate 10.