Plane Goes Up in Flames After Crashing Near Texas Airport

by Megan Molseed
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It was a terrifying sight as a plane crashed into a Texas field Tuesday morning.

Video of the ordeal show flames and smoke billowing from the aircraft shortly after it crashed in the field. Footage shows multiple fires in the area surrounding the crash site.

The aircraft is reported to be a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 is a two-engine jet. It has a total seating capacity of 172 passengers. However, at the time of the crash, the jet had less than two dozen people on board.

It is reported that there were at least twenty-one people aboard the jet when it crashed down shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning; near Morton and Cardiff Roads in the Texas county.

According to local news reports, the crash occurred near the Houston Executive Airport after the aircraft’s failed take-off from the Houston Executive Airport Runway.

Videos of the shocking event show smoke billowing from the plane. The aircraft appears completely engulfed in flames not long after crashing into the Waller County Texas field.

A Failed Take-Off Leads To Fiery Crash

The Fedearal Aviation Administration notes that the McDonnell Douglas MD-87 had rolled through a fence at the local airport. It then caught fire in the field.

A Waller County Texas Judge notes that the plane was unable to find its necessary altitude during morning take-off, which resulted in the crash.

According to Judge Trey Duhon, the aircraft first failed to attain the necessary altitude to take off by the time it reached the end of the at the Houston Exectutive Airport runway.

This resulted in the aircraft traveling “across Morton Road, coming to a rest in the field just north of the airport,” the Judge notes. “Where it caught on fire.”

Footage of the scene shows multiple first responders attempting to put out the flames. Battling the smoke that quickly engulfed the inside of the aircraft shortly after the crash.

According to the Waller County Sheriff’s office, eighteen passengers and three crew members were on board when the aircraft crashed Tuesday morning.

First responders came to the aid of those on board. They removed all passengers from the wreckage with everyone safely evacuated from the wreckage.

Responders reportedly transported one passenger suffering from back injuries to the hospital. And, thankfully, current reports show no deaths or other major injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead an investagation into the ordeal. The Saftey Board will also be assisted by the FAA in the investigation.

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