19th October, 2021
All 21 people aboard a plane that burst into flames on Tuesday on crashing in a field near Houston, Texas, escaped alive.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 plane, registered in the name of J Alan Kent, owner of Houston-based custom homebuilder Flaire Builders, was en route to a baseball game in Boston before the crash.
Its stunned occupants, including Alan Kent, were going to watch the AL Championship series game between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros
The 21 people, including 18 passengers and three crew members, made it out of the aircraft safely, said Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry after the mid-morning crash.
The youngest person on the plane was 10 years old.
Two persons were taken to area hospitals, Guidry said.
One person suffered a minor back injury, and the other person was experiencing respiratory issues, he added.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the plane tore through a fence and burst into flame as it tried to depart an executive airport shortly after 10am local time.
The FAA confirmed that all passengers and crew safely exited the aircraft.
Sergeant Stephen Woodard of the Texas Department of Public Safety told reporters that the accident was “horrific.”
The plane traveled approximately 500 feet down the runway before the incident.
It wasn’t immediately known why the plane caught fire, Woodard said