Baseball fans walk away with their lives after jet crash inferno in Houston

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Baseball fans walk away with their lives after jet crash inferno in Houston

Paasengers on a private jet heading to a baseball game had a narrow escape when the aircraft crashed and burst into flames during take-off in Texas.

The 18 baseball fans — including a 10-year-old boy — and three crew managed to flee the wreckage safely after the plane smashed through a fence and caught fire at Houston Executive Airport.

Two were taken to hospital although none were seriously injured, officials said.

The group were on their way to see game four of the American League Championship Series play-off between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox last night.

 (AP)
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Passenger Cheryl McCaskill told the Houston Chronicle that she felt “shaky and shocked” after running from the burning jet in her Astros jersey. “When it finally stopped, everyone went, ‘Get out, get out, get out’. We jumped out on that inflatable thing and then everyone went, ‘Get away’,” she added.

Another unnamed passenger described running for cover from the smoking wreckage, according to audio posted by KHOU reporter Janelle Bludau.

“And we unbuckled ourselves and ran as far away as we could because we thought it was going to explode,” the passenger said. “And we wanted to get as far away as we could.”

Flames from the McDonnell Douglas MD-87 sent huge plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

“This is a good day. This is actually a day of celebration for a lot of people,” Texas department of public safety spokesman Sergeant Stephen Woodard told reporters at the scene. He said the plane travelled about 500 feet on the runaway before the crash.

Tim Gibson, director of the Waller Harris Emergency Services District 200, said the passengers had “self-extricated” and first responders had rushed to their aid in the field where the plane crashed.

The aircraft was registered to Alan Kent, the owner of Houston-based house-building firm Flair Builders.

The company confirmed to a local news channel that Mr Kent had been onboard with a group of people heading to the baseball game.

The crash, which happened shortly after 10am local time, took out an overhead power line, causing an outage to more than 1,800 customers.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

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