A private jet carrying 21 people burst into flames during take-off in the United States.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 was departing Houston Executive Airport when the accident took place at just after 10am.

The aircraft reportedly travelled around 500ft down the runway before it smashed through a fence and caught fire.

All of the passengers on board managed to escape and two people were rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The passengers were heading to Boston to see the Houston Astros play the Red Sox in Game 4 of Major League Baseball’s American League Championship Series, Guidry said.

The plane is registered to J. Alan Kent, who owns Flair Builders, a Houston-based custom homebuilder, ABC 13 Eyewitness News in Houston reported.

All of the passengers on board managed to escape the plane

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt Stephen Woodard said: “This is a good day. This is actually a day of celebration for a lot of people.

Waller County Judge Trey Duhon wrote on Facebook : “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.”

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash, the FAA said.