HOUSTON, TX (CBS) — A plane carrying 21 people to Boston for Tuesday night’s ALCS game crashed during takeoff in Texas. Everyone on board was able to escape, according to CBS affiliate KHOU 11.
The plane was trying to take off around 10 a.m. in Waller County, Texas outside of Houston. It rolled through a fence and caught fire in a field.
“This plane was actually attempting to take off but in a rolling state,” said Sgt. Stephen Woodard of the Texas Dept. of Public Safety. “It never was able to take flight. The actual airplane rolled down the runway, struck an actual fence, and from there became disabled.”
There were 18 passengers, including a 10-year-old child, and three crew members on board. Two people needed to be taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 aircraft was owned by Houston developer J. Alan Kent, who was onboard.
A source told WBZ-TV the plane was heading to Hanscom Field in Bedford.
“Anytime you have a plane that doesn’t make a landing on the runway like it should, we’re always expecting the worst but hoping for the best. Today we absolutely, positively got the best outcome we could hope for in this incident,” said Waller-Harris Emergency Services Chief Tim Gibson.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.