All passengers and crew were able to exit the plane safely – two with minor injuries – before firefighters put out the flames that engulfed the McDonnell Douglas MD-87 on an outside field from the airport, local officials said.
“It’s a good day. It’s actually a day of celebration for a lot of people,” said 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 crossed Morton Road, coming to a stop in the field just north of the airport, where it took off. fire, ”the judge said. noted.
Another person had breathing problems, Woodard said. Both were taken to hospital but then returned to the airport.
The plane traveled about 500 feet during the pre-crash leak, Woodard said.
Hr said there were 18 passengers, two pilots and an attendant on board. He had said earlier that there were 22 people on the plane.
The youngest passenger was 10 years old, according to the sergeant.
The fire has been put out, Woodard said.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will conduct an investigation, with the NTSB being the lead agency.
First responders were seen at the site where the plane appeared to stop on a dirt road and caught fire, according to news footage.
Tim Gibson, director of the Waller Harris Emergency Services District 200, said all the passengers “self-extirpated” and crews assisted them from the ground where the plane crashed.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
CNN’s Gregory Wallace and Jennifer Henderson contributed.
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