On Tuesday, Oct. 19, a twin-engine MD-87 aircraft carrying 21 passengers went down some 40 miles to the west of Houston near an airport. According to officials, no one onboard the craft was seriously hurt despite the crash landing and ensuing fire.
Local officials report that all passengers and crew safely exited the McDonnell Douglas MD-87 before firefighters put out the flames in a field near the airport.
“This is a good day. This is a day of celebration for a lot of people,” Sgt. Stephen Woodard, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told reporters on the scene. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said on a Facebook post that one individual had complained of back discomfort.
Woodard revealed that a second individual was experiencing difficulties breathing. Both were flown to a hospital and then brought back to the airport.
PLANE DOWN: Here’s the sight in Waller County where an emergency response is underway. @abc13houston has a number of crews heading to the scene. The latest here: https://t.co/rs1WFwfLPs pic.twitter.com/sZwI3MqIU3
— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) October 19, 2021
Meanwhile, evidence suggests that the plane did not gain height at the end of the runway and instead crossed Morton Road, coming to a halt in a field north of the airport, where it caught fire, according to the judge.
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) October 19, 2021
Trying to depart, the MD-87 “rolled through a fence and caught fire in a field,” according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Woodard estimates the plane went around 500 feet before colliding with the ground.
He said, there were 18 people on board, including two pilots and an attendant. He previously said that there were 22 passengers on board; the youngest passenger was ten years old. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are conducting an investigation with the NTSB as the lead agency.
Images from this morning’s plane crash that occurred in Waller County, just outside Brookshire, TX. All 21 passengers escaped and survived before the plane engulfed in flames! #TwitterNewsChat #HTX #KatyTX #Brookshire pic.twitter.com/thLKk989oW
— EklipsedGold (@eklipsedgold) October 19, 2021
According to a video source, first responders were spotted at the location where the jet seemed to come to a halt over a gravel roadway and catch fire.
Waller Harris Emergency Services District 200 director Tim Gibson stated that all passengers “self-extricated” from the area where the jet crashed and that crews aided them.