When rescuers rolled off a Texas runway Tuesday morning and it caught fire, nearly two dozen people were ejected from the burning plane, officials said.
There were no fatalities or major injuries in the incident, but the crew had to rush to extinguish the fire that had engulfed the plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-87. dramatic footage of fire When the crew tried to extinguish the fire, black smoke was seen coming out of the burnt remains of the plane.
“I think we can all agree that we can celebrate today that no one was killed in this gruesome incident,” said Sargent. Stephen Woodard, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Officials said the plane, carrying 21 people and Trav from Texas for the AL Championship Series game in Boston, was attempting to take off from Houston Executive Airport after it rolled through a fence and caught fire in a field. It traveled about 500 feet on the runway before landing, officials said. .
“We found that all the passengers had ejected themselves,” said Tim Gibson, director of Waller-Harris Emergency Services District 20. “We absolutely, positively got the best result we could have hoped for.”
One passenger reported back pain, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said on Facebook. Duhon is the highest elected official in the county.
CNN reported that two people with minor injuries were taken to hospital and returned to the airport.
Cheryl McCaskill, a resident of Houston, a suburb of Cypress, was on board the plane. He told me Houston Chronicle That she felt “shaky and shocked” after running from a burning jet in her Astro jersey.
“When it finally stopped, everyone went ‘Get out, get out, get out.’ We jumped on that inflatable thing and then everyone ‘got away’, McCaskill said.
Gibson said the crew helped the passengers after they got off the plane.
“They were very, very shocked,” he said.
Emergency workers put out the fire after applying “a lot of foam,” Gibson said.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
Utility company Centerpoint Energy reported abc13 The plane pulled out an overhead power line, temporarily disrupting service for about 1,800 customers.
Contribution: The Associated Press