News update: More details released concerning plane crash near Houston Executive Airport
Posted on Thursday, October 21st, 2021 at 5:17 pm
The plane, an MD-87 owned by developer J. Alan Kent, was scheduled to take off from the Houston Executive Airport at 10 a.m. It was to fly to Boston, so Kent and 17 other passengers could attend the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox.
According to authorities, the plane did not successfully take off when it reached the end of the runway, but instead rolled north and came to rest in a field near Morton Rd, where it caught on fire. The aircraft’s pilots said that the plane did not gain altitude even though they pulled back on the controls to do so.
Once the plane finally came to a stop, its 18 passengers and three crew members exited the aircraft using the inflatable evacuation slide. Flames had already begun to envelope the fuselage.
First responders took two people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It is unclear if these victims were among the crew or if they were passengers.
Officials say the full fuel tanks for the 1,600-mile flight to Boston led to the conflagration and caused most of the aircraft to burn up.
The incident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
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