In view of the images, the results look like a miracle.

A plane carrying 21 people crashed on take off near Houston, Texas on Tuesday.

"All 18 passengers and three crew members survived," Sgt Stephen Woodard of the Texas Department of Public Safety told a press conference.

The latter managed to get out of the device before it caught fire, firefighters reported.

The accident happened shortly after 10:00 am local time.

The plane, a McDonnell Douglas twin-engine bound for Boston, caught fire and was almost completely destroyed by the fire, impressive images released by the emergency services show.

A slight injury is only to be deplored, according to this official.

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