More than 20 people safely escape after plane ‘rolls through the fence and catches fire’ at Houston Airport

A Boston-bound plane carrying more than 20 people struck a fence and erupted in flames while taking off at Houston Executive Airport on Tuesday morning, officials said.

No major injuries were reported.

The passengers and crew managed to leave the plane before firefighters extinguished the flames engulfing the McDonnell Douglas MD-87 on a field outside the airport, local officials said.

"This is a good day. This is actually a day of celebration for a lot of people," Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Stephen Woodard told reporters at the scene.

Two people suffered minor injuries — one person reported back pain and another person had respiratory issues. Both were transported to a hospital but later returned to the airport.

"The information we have at this time indicates that the plane did not attain altitude at the end of the runway and went across Morton Road, coming to a rest in the field just north of the airport, where it caught on fire," Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said.

The MD-87 "rolled through a fence and caught fire in a field" just after 10:00am while attempting to depart, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement.

The plane traveled about 500 feet on the runaway before the crash, Woodard said.
Hr said there were 18 passengers, two pilots and an attendant on board.

The youngest passenger was 10 years old, according to the sergeant.

The fire has been extinguished, Woodard said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be investigating, with the NTSB as the lead agency.