Sunday, 28 Nov 2021

Plane crashes before bursting into flames shortly after failed takeoff

A private plane carrying 18 baseball fans to watch a Championship Series game in the US crashed and caught fire as they were trying to take off on Tuesday in Texas.

All 18 passengers and three crew members miraculously survived the horror crash with only two requiring treatment for minor injuries.

It happened at Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire as the plane was departing for Boston to watch the American League Championship Series.

The plane revealed to be a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 aircraft, failed to reach the correct altitude and crashed at 10am, according to reports.

It subsequently rolled through a nearby fence at the end of the runway before catching fire.

Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry confirmed to ABC13 that all 21 people made it out safe with just two people being sent to the hospital.

The youngest person on board was 10-year-old.

Trey Duhon, a Waller County Judge, posted about the incident on Facebook to update people on the situation.

He wrote: "The Waller County Office of Emergency Management and WCSO are aware that there was a plane crash at Houston Executive Airport earlier this morning involving an MD-80 aircraft that was taking off from the airport heading north.

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"The information we have at this time indicates that the plane did not attain altitude at the end of the runway and went across Morton Road, coming to a rest in the field just north of the airport, where it caught on fire."

According to utility company CenterPoint Energy, the plane caused an outage impacting more than 1,800 customers after it took out an overhead powerline.

It is not known if the powerline contributed to the crash.

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