Local officials said all passengers and crew managed to leave the plane safely – with two minor injuries – before firefighters found a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 in a field outside the airport to douse the flames. extinguished.
“It’s a good day. It’s really a day of celebration for a lot of people,” Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Stephen Woodard told reporters at the scene.
“The information we have at this time indicates that the aircraft did not reach altitude at the end of the runway and went across Morton Road, coming to rest in the ground north of the airport, where it caught fire. It happened,” said the judge. said.
Another person had respiratory problems, Woodard said. Both were taken to the hospital but later returned to the airport.
Woodard said the plane had flown about 500 feet before the crash.
HR said there were 18 passengers, two pilots and an attendant on board the plane. He had earlier said that there were 22 people on board the plane.
According to the sergeant, the youngest passenger was 10 years old.
Woodard said the fire had been put out.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate with the NTSB as the lead agency.
According to news footage, first responders were seen at the spot where the plane appeared to have stopped on a dirt path and caught fire.
Tim Gibson, director of Waller Harris Emergency Services District 200, said all passengers “evacuated themselves” and teams assisted them from the area where the plane crashed.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Granthshala’s Gregory Wallace and Jennifer Henderson contributed.
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