This morning, a dual-engine jet with 19 passengers and 3 crew members crashed in Brookshire near Katy, bursting into flames upon impact. Miraculously, everyone on board survived, with only one person requiring hospitalization due to a back injury.
Per KPRC, the aircraft crashed because it failed to gain altitude at the end of the runway, although it’s currently unknown why that was the case. It then rolled into a fence and caught fire only a few hundred yards from the runway. Everyone was able to escape before a fire completely consumed the aircraft, leaving only the tail.
The plane on its way to Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, taking off from Houston Executive Airport. It had only 22 people on board, although the plane—a McDonnell Douglas DC-9–87—has enough room for 172 passengers.
FAA & NTSB Investigating the Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have both sent investigators to the crash scene, per their policies. The wreckage will be difficult to investigate due to the flames burning away most of the fuselage, but witness statements and the onboard recorder should help them piece together what happened.
As for the survivors, we imagine they’re experiencing a mixture of gratitude and stress. Airplane crashes are among the most traumatic experiences a person can undergo. The physical injuries incurred from escaping the wreckage may not have revealed themselves yet. All told, the effects of this crash could last for years, with consequences that are difficult to predict.
Whatever the case may be, someone must be held accountable for this morning’s crash. While everyone survived this time, the airline or manufacturer responsible for today’s near-tragic events need to report what caused the crash and how they can prevent it from happening ever again.
Arnold & Itkin LLP will be watching this story as it develops.