A plane took off in Texas, and it was supposed to fly to Boston and take the passengers, who are fans, to watch a playoff baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox on the evening of the Tuesday. However, shortly after its takeoff, it burned near Houston.
Authorities said that fortunately, none of the 21 passengers and three crews were seriously hurt. The plane involved is the McDonnell Douglas MD-87, and the incident took place on Tuesday morning.
Federal Aviation Administration Issues Statement
ABC News reported that the Federal Aviation Administration noted that the MD-87 rolled through a fence then caught fire as it tried to take off from the Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire. Aside from the Federal Aviation Administration, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon took to Facebook to say that everyone made it out of the plane safely. The only person injured was the passenger who had back pain.
For the cause of the fire, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate it.
Firefighters Extinguish The Fire
Later, firefighters from the Katy Fire Department got to the area to extinguish the fire. NDTV quoted the Katy Fire Department confirming that there were no injuries. The statement reads, “Fortunately, all 21 passengers including three crew members were reported as safely evacuated from this twin-engine Jet before it was fully engulfed in flames.”
Tim Gibson, the director of the Waller Harris county emergency services, also released a statement saying that the passengers and crew were stunned by what happened, but they were all able to self-extricate.
Per the images from the news on TV covering the incident, it showed the firefighters spraying water onto the burning remains of the plane. The plane came to a halt across a track field and was surrounded by trees and bushes. The only section that survived the fire was the tail area.