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21 people  miraculously survive plane explosion after it caught fire

A private plane carrying 18 baseball fans and three crew from Houston to the American League Championship Series in Boston ran off a runway and burst into flames on Tuesday –  but everyone on board survived and only one person suffered a minor injury.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 rolled through a fence and caught fire while trying to take off from the Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire near Katy, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The youngest person on board the plane was a 10-year-old child, officials said.

The aircraft is registered to a Spring, Texas, investment firm that is connected to J Alan Kent, the president and CEO of Flair Builders, a custom homebuilding company.

A spokesperson for the firm confirmed to ABC13 that Kent was on the flight at the time of the crash.

The 172-seat capacity aircraft with two jet engines crashed after it failed to gain altitude at the end of the runway, careened across Morton Road, coming to a rest in the field just north of the airport, where it caught fire just after 10am, officials said.

Everyone made it off the plane safely and the only reported injury was a passenger with back pain, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said on Facebook.

‘Anytime you have plane that doesn’t make a landing on the runway like its supposed to, we’re always expecting the worst and hoping for the best and today, we absolutely, positively got the best outcome we could hope for,’ said Tim Gibson, Emergency Service District Director for Waller-Harris Emergency Service District 200, told KPRC.

Firefighters were working at midday Tuesday to extinguish the raging inferno consuming the wreckage. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

The crash resulted in more than 1,800 nearby homes being left without power.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the plane was headed to Boston, where the Houston Astros are trailing the Boston Red Sox two games to one in the best of seven series for the chance to play in the World Series. Game 4 is scheduled for tonight at Fenway Park.

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