McDonnell Douglas MD-87 Crashes Taking Off from Houston Executive Airport With 21 Onboard

By Kurt Stolz on 19 October 2021
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In-flight view from an MD-80 cockpit

A McDonnell Douglas MD-87 that was attempting a takeoff at Houston Executive Airport en route to Boston never achieved flight and crashed into a fence at the end of the runway, where It burst into flames.

“The information we have at this time indicates that the plane did not attain altitude at the end of the runway and went across Morton Road, coming to a rest in the field just north of the airport, where it caught on fire,” reported Walter County Judge Trey Duhon.

Officials confirmed the incident at the general aviation airport.

“WCOEM & WCSO are responding to a plane crash at Houston Executive Airport involving an MD-87 aircraft that was taking off from the Airport heading north,” said the Waller County Office of Emergency Management in a tweet.

The 18 passengers and three crew members were able to exit the aircraft safely before firefighters began to extinguish the flames that were engulfing the jetliner, which stopped on a field outside the airport, local officials said.

“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.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the accident along with the National Transportation and Safety Bureau, said that the jet “rolled through a fence and caught fire in a field” just after 10 a.m. local time.

Woodward told reporters that there had been 18 passengers, two pilots, and one flight attendant on board the aircraft at the time of the crash.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 is a shorter-fuselage variant of the MD-80.  Its overall length is 17’ (5.1 m) shorter than a standard MD-80 and it was designed for the European  short-haul market.

The MD-87 seats between 109 to 130 passengers depending on configuration.  The launch customer for the MD-87 was Austrian Airlines, which received its first of the type in November 1987   The last delivery of an MD-87 was to Scandinavian Airlines in March 1992.

A total of 75 MD-87s were built by McDonnell Douglas. Eleven of them were converted into executive aircraft.

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