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Fiery crash of Texas flight bound for Boston, all 20 on board survive


Mitchell Willetts

The Charlotte Observer

A jet carrying about 20 people heading from Texas to Boston for an MLB playoff game crashed and burst into flames — but all passengers and crew survived.

First responders rushed to the scene Tuesday morning after the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Houston Executive Airport, according to officials in Waller County, near the city of Houston.

The airport is mostly used by corporate clientele, outlets report. The Federal Aviation Administration said 21 people were on board.

While the cause of the accident is under investigation, FAA officials said the aircraft crashed through a fence during takeoff before coming to a stop in a field and catching fire around 10 a.m.

Everyone on board was able to get out of the plane, county officials said. One passenger was injured.

The plane is registered to J. Alan Kent, the owner of a Houston-based custom home construction company, KTRK reported.

The passengers were heading to Boston for game 4 of the American League Championship Series, with the Houston Astros facing off against the Boston Red Sox, KPRC reported.

FAA officials identified the plane as a McDonnell Douglas model MD-87, which can seat up to 172 passengers.

During takeoff, the plane hit an overhead powerline, cutting power to around 1,800 homes in the area, utility company CenterPoint Energy told local outlets.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation, with assistance from the FAA.

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