An Atlas Air Boeing 767 cargo plane, contracted to Amazon Air (formerly Prime Air), crashed near Anahuac, Texas on Saturday afternoon with three members on board, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and other reports. The flight went down while flying from Miami to Houston. All on board the flight are presumed to have been killed in the crash.
The plan, Flight 3591, lost radio contact with air traffic controllers about 30 miles southeast of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, where the plan was scheduled to land. Around 12:40 p.m. local time, KPRC-TV reported that the preliminary indication is that the plane has crashed. Around this time, the FAA issued an Alert Notice. That’s when civilians began to report the crash to authorities after seeing the alert.
CNBC reported that a video from the scene of the crash in Trinity Bay showed the plane crashed and there were parts of the Amazon logo floating in the water. Law enforcement reported “items including bed sheets, women’s clothing and cardboard boxes in the bay.”
“The problem that we’re gonna have, that everybody is gonna have in this recovery process, is that the water is goes from about five feet deep to zero,” Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said, according to KPRC. “And that zero feet deep is nothing but mud marsh.”
“We haven’t been able to find any survivors or any remains,” the sheriff added. “I would say that the largest chunk of the plane that I could actually visually put my eyes on is probably not much larger than about 50 feet.”
“We can confirm there were three people on board the aircraft. Those people and their family members are our top priority at this time,” Atlas Air told ABC 13 in a statement. “Atlas Air is cooperating fully with the FAA and NTSB [National Transportation Safety Board]. We will update as additional information becomes available.”