A plane holding 21 passengers crashed a little north of the Houston Executive Airport. The plane had attempted to take off but crashed at the end of the runway.
The plane was a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 and according to authorities, it rolled through a fence at the end of the runway and burst into flames while attempting to take off.
Waller County sheriff’s department said that 19 passengers and three crew members were safe. Only one person had a minor injury and two 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 and fire all around while firefighters were fighting what looked like a desperate battle. Apparently, the fire took a lot of effort to extinguish
After Effect of the Crash
The plane had been chartered for Game 4 of the 2021 American League Championship Series in Boston where the Houston Astros were scheduled to play the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
After the crash, nearly 2,000 homes lost their power due to the fire. CenterPoint Energy crews were able to restore electricity to all but 17 of the homes by noon.
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 it crashed.
According to an employee of Kent’s, the lifetime Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo board member is known as a plane enthusiast and owns a few different aircraft. 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 still investigating the crash.