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Plane with 21 on board runs off runway and catches fire while attempting to take off near Houston

Jet runs off Houston runway and catches fire
Jet runs off Houston runway and catches fire 03:00

No one was seriously hurt when an airplane bound for Boston ran off a runway and burned Tuesday morning 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.

Eighteen passengers and three crew members all survived, Sergeant Stephen Woodard of the Texas Department of Public Safety told reporters, describing the incident as "horrific." Two people were taken to area hospitals, the Waller County Sheriff's Office said. One person suffered a minor back injury, and the other person was experiencing respiratory issues, according to the sheriff's office.

The 33-year-old plane is owned by Houston homebuilder J. Alan Kent. He and the others onboard were headed to Boston for Tuesday night's playoff game between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros at Fenway Park.

The plane traveled approximately 500 feet down the runway before the incident. It wasn't immediately known why the plane caught fire, Woodard said. 

All crew members and passengers, which included a 10-year-old, were able to extract themselves from the plane, Woodard said. "They're off and no one's deceased, and, man, that is an awesome feeling right now for us as first responders," he said.

Tim Gibson, director of the Waller-Harris Emergency Services District, said the passengers were "very, very stunned."

Gibson said the plane came to a stop in a field that he described as a "pasture area" with very dense brush. He said it took a "substantial effort" to extinguish the fire.

"We absolutely positively got the best outcome we could hope for in this incident," Gibson said.    

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Crews work the scene after a plane attempting to take off near Houston caught fire on October 19, 2021.
Crews work the scene after a plane attempting to take off near Houston caught fire on October 19, 2021. KHOU

Janet Shamlian contributed to this report.  

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