Accident

NTSB begins investigation into fiery plane crash near Houston

Twenty-one people were on board the plane when it slammed through a fence and into a power line during takeoff and then exploded into a fireball.

WALLER COUNTY, Texas — National Transportation Safety Board investigators have arrived at the site of the fiery plane crash that happened near Houston Tuesday. 

All 21 people on board the MD-87 survived without serious injuries after jumping down emergency slides as the plane exploded into flames. 

The NTSB said their team will likely be on site for about a week or two gathering evidence, but the entire investigation could take up to 18 months. 

Investigators will be examining engines, survival factors, operational factors, human performance, maintenance records, air traffic control and more to determine the cause of the crash in Waller County.

So far, they’ve  interviewed crew members and witnesses. They have started documenting ground scars on the roadway and secured the first batch of maintenance records. 

The cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder are both on their way to Washington to be downloaded despite heavy fire damage, NTSB said. 

Investigators ask anyone who may have pictures or videos of the plane crash to email witness@ntsb.gov. 

21 people survive plane crash near Houston

Eighteen passengers and three crew members were on board the MD-87 when it slammed through a fence during takeoff and then caught fire. The group was headed to Boston for the MLB play-off series between the Red Sox and Houston Astros, the plane owner’s wife told KHOU 11. 

Written by Chloe Alexander

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