KPRC identified the aircraft as a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87, a two-engine jet which has the capacity to seat 172 passengers. Other reports, however, said the aircraft was an MD-80, which rolled into a fence before it caught fire.
The crash site in Brookshire near Katy is rural and there were no casualties reported on the ground, although the accident was said to have cut power to numerous homes in the area, KPRC reported.
Video of the aftermath showed the plane completely destroyed, with the fuselage split in half and thick black smoke billowing into the air as fire crews worked to put out the remaining flames. Only the tail of the plane was left intact.
The plane crashed about 10:08 a.m. near the Houston Executive Airport, near Morton and Cardiff roads, with the closest runway only several hundred yards away, KPRC reported.
The plane crashed after it failed to gain altitude at the end of the runway, according to KPRC. It was unclear whether any other factors may have played a role.
Emergency officials declared the situation under control shortly after noon.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were en route to the crash scene.
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