A plane with 21 people on board crashed on Tuesday while taking off near the city of Houston, Texas, and all passengers and crew managed to exit the aircraft before it caught fire, firefighters and other local authorities reported.
Television images showed firefighters spraying water on the burning wreckage of the plane, which crossed a fence and stopped on a country road surrounded by trees and bushes.
The fuselage was reduced to ashes and only the tail section was left whole, as black smoke billowed out of the wreckage.
After extinguishing the fire, the firefighters realized that all the passengers managed by their own means of the wrecked ship
The plane, a twin-engine McDonnell Douglas, was almost completely destroyed by flames, according to images released by emergency services. But there is only one reported casualty, he said. Katy Fire Department, west of Houston.
«Fortunately the 21 passengers, including the three crew, were reported as evacuated of this twin engine just before it was engulfed by flames, «firefighters said.
The McDonnell Douglas plane crashed while taking off from Houston Executive Airport, Brookshirebound for Boston, authorities said
Local reports indicated that the aircraft was carrying a group of baseball fans who would attend the playoffs between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox on night.
The KHOU newscast from Houston reported that the aircraft owner, James Alan Kent, was on board.
Tim gibson, director of emergency services of the Waller Harris Countysaid the passengers and crew «they were stunned, very, very stunned, but they evacuated on their own. «
«We always hope for the worst, but we long for the best; today we got absolutely positive the best result we can hope for andn this incident, «Gibson acknowledged at a press conference.
He confirmed that fire crews had extinguished the fire «after a substantial effort» to control the burning of fuel. Authorities said one of the passengers I was a 10 year old boy and that two people were transferred to receive treatment for minor injuries, such as back pain, after the accident.
«The plane did not reach altitude at the end of the runway and crossed Morton Road, stopping in the field just north of the airport, where it caught fire,» the Waller County judge said on Facebook, Trey Duhon.
No one was seriously hurt when an airplane taking passengers to the AL Championship Series game in Boston ran off a runway and burned near Houston, authorities said.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 was carrying 21 people when it rolled through a fence and caught fire while trying to take off from the Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Everyone made it off the plane safely and the only reported injury was a passenger with back pain, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said on Facebook. Duhon, who is the highest elected official in the county, told news outlets that the group was headed to see Game 4 of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox night.
Cheryl McCaskill, of the Houston suburb of Cypress, was aboard the plane and told the Houston Chronicle that she felt “shaky and shocked” after running from the burning jet in her Astros jersey.
“When it finally stopped everyone went ‘get out, get out, get out.’ We jumped out on that inflatable thing and then everyone went ‘get away,’” McCaskill said.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.