Three believed dead in Amazon Air cargo plane crash – The Mercury News

Three crew members of a cargo plane operating for Amazon are feared dead after the Boeing 767 jet crashed into a bay near Houston on Saturday afternoon.

The Amazon Air flight, operated by New York-based Atlas Air, was en route to from Miami to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport when it crashed into Trinity Bay near the Houston suburb of Anahuac at approximately 12:45 p.m. Central Time, Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration said on its Twitter feed that FAA investigators were en route to the scene, and that the National Transportation Safety Board would lead the investigation of the crash.

#FAA statement regarding a twin-engine Boeing 767 cargo jetliner crash near Anahuac, TX today around 12:45 p.m. CT. pic.twitter.com/7x2f0wYwcG

— The FAA (@FAANews) February 23, 2019

In a statement, Atlas Air confirmed that flight number 3591 went down near Anahuac, and that “there were three people on board the aircraft. Those people and their family members are our top priority at this time. Atlas Air is cooperating fully with the FAA and NTSB.”

Dive teams were reported to be on the scene and had recovered human remains from the crash.

“Knowing what I saw, I don’t believe anyone could have survive it,” said Chambers (Texas) County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said the company’s “thoughts and prayers are with the flight crew, their families and friends along with the entire team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy.”

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