21 people escape fiery plane crash in Texas

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BROOKSHIRE, Texas (KSNW) – A plane crashed Tuesday morning with 21 people on board in Brookshire, Texas.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 rolled through a fence and caught fire in a field while attempting to depart from Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

All 21 people aboard, 18 passengers and three crew members, were evacuated safely. The only reported injury was a passenger with back pain.

“We’re thankful that all the passengers and crew members were able to extract themselves, and that’s when the first responders came in to go to work to extinguish the fire. So again today is a good day for all, not only for the passengers and crew, but for this community and first responders,” said Sgt. Stephen Woodard, Texas Department of Public Safety.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash. The FAA will assist in the investigation.

According to KPRC-TV, the plane failed to gain altitude at the end of the runway.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the plane was headed to Boston. The aircraft is registered to a Houston-area investment firm.

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