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Private plane slides off runway at Houston airport

March 14, 2011, 04:14 pm

A private plane carrying a burn victim from Mexico slid off of the end of a runway at Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas on March 4, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The 10-seat Lear Jet ran approximately 1,000 feet off the end of the runway when attempting to land at around 4:10 am, the Federal Aviation Administration told the source.

The plane was transporting a burn victim from an airport in Mexico to Houston in order to bring him to Shriner's Hospital for Children for treatment, the source said. Those on-board the flight, which included two pilots, two paramedics, the victim and his father, were not injured as a result of the plane skidding off the runway.

The cause for the accident is still under investigation, according to the source. However, officials allegedly stated that there was dense fog in the area at the time of the incident, though they are unsure whether or not it officially played a role. Visibility was reportedly less than one mile and the cloud ceiling was 200 feet or lower, the Chronicle said.

Adverse meteorological conditions, which can sometimes develop unexpectedly, contribute to a number of plane accidents on a yearly basis, and may lead to fatalities. Life insurance for pilots is important for families of those who frequently fly, should they suffer fatal injuries as a result of a weather-related crash.  

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