A plane holding 21 passengers crashed a little north of the Houston Executive Airport. The plane had just taken off when it crashed around 8 a.m. in a field a little ways away from the airport.
The plane was a McDonnell Douglas MD-87. According to authorities, the plane rolled through a fence at the end of the runway and burst into flames when trying to take off.
Waller County sheriff’s department said that the 19 passengers and the three crew members were safe and only one person had a minor injury. Two people were taken from the scene to be evaluated.
“Anytime you have a plane that doesn’t make a landing on the runway like it’s supposed to, we’re always expecting the worst and hoping for the best, and today, we absolutely, positively got the best outcome we could hope for.”Tim Gibson, Emergency Service District Director for Waller-Harris Emergency Service District 200.
From the air, you could see smoke pouring out of the plane with fire all around it. Around 11 a.m., firefighters were putting out the flames. According to authorities, it was a lot of effort to put the fire out.
According to the county’s Judge Trey Duhon, the plane is thought to have been chartered for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in Boston. There the Houston Astros are playing the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park later that day.
Because of the crash, 1,806 homes lost their power. CenterPoint Energy crews were able to restore the power to all but 17 of the homes by noon. However, they left crews to finish making repairs.
According to the FAA, the plane is registered to 987 Investments, LLC. The LLC is owned by J Alan Kent, a prominent developer in the Houston area. While he was a passenger on the plane, he was not flying when the plane crashed.
According to an employee, the lifetime Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo board member is known as a plane enthusiast and owns a few. An employee also told KPRC 2, “He used to have an aviation company. I thought he did. That’s what I was told.”
The plane was listed for sale at the time of the crash for $3,950,000. It had new wheels, tires, and brakes. The NTSB is investigating the crash.