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Plane crashed in Houston and its 21 crew miraculously survived
According to the authorities' report, the aircraft did not reach the required height after taking off from the airport and ended up making an emergency landing.
The 21 people who were aboard the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 plane, which crashed and caught fire during its takeoff from the Houston Executive Airport in the city of Houston, Texas, on the morning of this Tuesday, October 19, managed to survive.
Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry confirmed at a news conference that everyone on board made it out alive. Only one of those affected was hospitalized with back injuries.
The news of the incident went viral immediately through social networks, where users have posted videos from the scene, and the remains of the aircraft engulfed in flames and a thick column of black smoke can be seen.
According to a first report from the US authorities, the aircraft did not reach the required height after taking off from the private airport and ended up making an emergency landing in an open field next to the airport.
Once it touched down, the aircraft caught fire, and according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the passengers managed to get out of the plane by their own means before it caught fire.
Some time after the accident, the firefighters and the rescue body arrived; It was also known that two of the plane's occupants were taken to an area hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
On the flight to Boston, a 10-year-old boy was traveling.
The following investigations will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Possible power outage caused the accident
With the advance so far, disseminated through local media, it has been learned that the utility company CenterPoint Energy said that a power outage that affected more than 1,800 customers near the scene of the accident was caused by the plane. It collided with an overhead power line during takeoff.
Despite this incident, it is not immediately known if the power line contributed to the accident.
Owner of the plane was on the flight
The local newspaper, Eyewitness News, was able to confirm that the plane is registered to J. Alan Kent, owner of Flair Builders, while ABC13 contacted Flair Builders and confirmed that Kent was on board the aircraft by the time of the accident.
The media assures that the aircraft was heading to Boston to attend the games of the American League Championship Series.