All 21 Passengers On Plane Survive After It Crashes And Bursts Into Flames
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All 21 passengers aboard a plane that crashed and burst into flames have survived.
The plane was due to fly to Boston for a baseball game but it ran off the runway and burned at a Texas airport.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 had been set to take off from Houston Executive Airport when it rolled through a fence and caught fire.
The aircraft is thought to have failed to gain altitude at the end of the runway before careening across a road and stopping in a field where it caught fire.
Miraculously, the 18 passengers and three crew members on board survived with just one person sustaining a minor injury.
In a post on Facebook, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said: "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.
"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.
"Early reports indicate that all 19 passengers and crew safely exited the aircraft and there is a report of one injury with a passenger reporting back pain.
"At this time, numerous first responders are on scene and the plane is on fire and burning off jet fuel. That is the extent of information we have at this time."
Speaking to KPRC, Tim Gibson, Emergency Service District Director for Waller-Harris Emergency Service District 200, said: "Anytime you have plane that doesn't make a landing on the runway like it's supposed to, we're always expecting the worst and hoping for the best and today, we absolutely, positively got the best outcome we could hope for."
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sergeant Stephen Woodard said: "This is a good day. This is actually a day of celebration for a lot of people."
The incident happened at around 10am with firefighters called out to tackle the blaze, with authorities saying it took 'substantial effort' to extinguish the flames.
Utility company CenterPoint Energy said that the crash knocked out an overhead power line, which caused more than 1,800 homes and businesses to lose power - but this has since been restored to all but a handful of people.
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