McDonnell Douglas MD-87 overshoots runway, bursts into flames

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A McDonnell Douglas MD-87 caught fire and burst into flames as it was trying to take off from Houston Executive Airport (TME) at Waller County, Texas at approximately 10:08 local time on October 19, 2021.

The 33-year old aircraft (registration N987AK) was aborting the take-off when it overran runway 36 of the airport and crashed into a perimeter fence. It finally came to rest 300 meters further north where it caught fire, according to flight safety analyst JACDEC.

All 21 people onboard–18 passengers and 3 crew members were able to evacuate safely. Two people were taken to local hospitals, the Waller County Sheriff’s Office told local media. One person suffered a minor back injury, and the other person was experiencing respiratory issues.

According to KHOU 11 Houston, the owner of the plane, and one of the survivors is James Alan Kent, a prominent Houston developer and rodeo director.

Kent and his group, which included his wife and 10-year old son, were headed to Boston for the American League Championship Series baseball game between the Red Sox and Astros. The intended departure and destination of the flight, taken by Aviation Safety Network:

Intended flight path, Houston to Boston


A passenger who did not want to be identified told KHOU 11, “It was going to be the trip of a lifetime and then I came to a quick halt! Going down the runway, and it just all the sudden they slammed on the brakes.” “Things were flying around and when it finally came to a stop, they just said ‘Get out, get out’ because we thought it was going to explode,” the passenger said. “It was already on fire before we got out of it!” A spokesperson for Kent released this statement regarding the incident.

The National Transport Safety Board said that they will launch a team to investigate the crash.

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