When rescuers arrived to the scene of a plane that had rolled off a Texas runway and caught on fire Tuesday morning, nearly two dozen people had already exited the burning aircraft, authorities said.

There were no deaths or major injuries in the incident, but crews had to rush to extinguish the fire, which had engulfed the plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-87. Dramatizing footage from the fireCrews tried to put out the flames, but the smoke was black.

“I believe we can all agree that we can celebrate today that no person was killed in the horrific incident,” stated Sgt. Stephen Woodard was the spokesperson of Texas Department of Public Safety.

The plane, carrying 21 people and traveling from Texas to the AL Championship Series game in Boston, was attempting to take off from Houston Executive Airport and traveled about 500 feet on the runway before it rolled through a fence and caught fire in a field, officials said.

Tim Gibson director, Waller-Harris Emergency Services district 20, said that they did discover that the passengers were self-extricated. We got absolutely the best result we could have expected.

One passenger reported back pain, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said on Facebook. Duhon is the highest elected official in the county.

Two people with minor injuries were taken to a hospital and returned to the airport, CNN reported.

Cheryl McCaskill (who lives in Cypress suburb of Houston) was aboard the plane. She told the Houston Chronicle that she felt “shaky and shocked” after running from the burning jet in her Astros jersey.

“When it finally stopped, everyone went ‘get out, get out, get out.’ We jumped out on that inflatable thing and then everyone went ‘get away,’” McCaskill said.

Gibson stated that crews helped passengers get out of their planes. 

“They were extremely, very shocked,” he stated.

Remnants of an aircraft can be seen at the site of airplane crash near the intersection of Morton Road and FM 2855, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Brookshire, Texas. No one was seriously hurt when the airplane bound for Boston ran off a runway and burned Tuesday morning near Houston, authorities said.

Gibson explained that the emergency teams extinguished fire after using “a lot foam.”

Investigations will be conducted by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

CenterPoint Energy, a utility company, told ABC13 the aircraft took down an overhead powerline and temporarily interrupted service for approximately 1,800 customers.

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Contributing: The Associated Press



Source: USAToday.com

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