Twenty-one folks escaped with out critical accidents after the personal aircraft they have been in crashed and burst into flames Tuesday morning close to Houston, officers mentioned.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 jet was about to depart from Houston Government Airport when it crashed right into a fence and caught hearth in a discipline earlier than it may take flight, in keeping with the Federal Aviation Administration and native authorities.
All 18 passengers and three crew members escaped the wreck, which occurred round 10 a.m. in Brookshire, west of Houston. Two folks have been taken to hospitals with minor accidents.
“Immediately we completely, positively obtained the perfect final result we may hope for on this incident,” mentioned Tim Gibson, the director of the emergency providers district that serves elements of Waller and Harris counties.
The aircraft was headed to Boston for the Houston Astros’ recreation in opposition to the Purple Sox within the American League Championship Sequence, mentioned an legal professional for the aircraft’s proprietor, J. Alan Kent.
Kent was on board and was shaken however OK, his legal professional mentioned.
The FAA and the Nationwide Transportation Security Board will examine.
“We’re extraordinarily grateful that there have been no fatalities or critical accidents,” mentioned an announcement on behalf of Kent. “We will probably be working with the FAA and the NTSB to make sure that we’re complying with all of their necessities.”
The aircraft was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, however everybody on it had already gotten out, officers mentioned. The youngest passenger was 10 years previous.
Cheryl McCaskill, who was aboard the aircraft, advised the Houston Chronicle how she and others escaped and fled.
“When it lastly stopped everybody went, ‘Get out! Get out! Get out!’ We jumped out on that inflatable factor after which everybody went ‘Get away!'” McCaskill advised the newspaper.