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Pics/Vid: Plane crashes in TX – 21 people on board – Updates here

Firefighters. (Pixabay/Released)
October 19, 2021

A plane carrying 21 people crashed near the Houston Executive Airport in Waller County, Texas, on Tuesday, bursting into flames.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, all 21 people on board – 18 passengers and three crew members – survived the crash, with just one person being transported to the hospital with back injuries, ABC 7 reported.

Paul Mueller tweeted an image of the crash showing emergency personnel working to tackle the fiery wreck. Thick black smoke made the downed aircraft almost impossible to see.

Click2Houston reported that the McDonnell Douglas MD-87 aircraft went through a fence and caught fire while trying to depart the Brookshire, Texas, airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The manufacturing certificate for the aircraft was issued in 2015. The plane has a capacity of 172 seats.

WFLA News also shared an image of the wreck on Twitter.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the crash, with the NTSB leading the investigation, Fox 35 reported.

The plane is believed to have been chartered to Boston for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series where the Houston Astros are scheduled to play against the Boston Red Sox, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said.

“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,” the judge said, according to CNN.

The wreck caused 1,806 homes in the area to lose power. CenterPoint Energy was able to restore power to the majority of impacted customers by noon. Utility crews are still working to make repairs and restore power for the remaining customers.

The crash comes just one week after a small twin-engine plane crashed into several homes in the city of Santee, California near San Diego, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announced.

Santee Fire Chief John Garlow told ABC News the resulting fire from the crash fully engulfing at least one home in flames and at least two burn victims are believed to be from the home.