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.