A large cargo plane crashed Saturday in Texas, killing all three people on board, officials said.
Photos: Amazon cargo plane crashes into shallow bay
Federal Aviation Administration officials said the twin-engine Boeing 767 plane crashed around 12:45 p.m. about 3 miles west of the Chambers County Airport, KHOU reported.
The Chambers County Sheriff's Office said no one survived, WPLG reported.
Witnesses said they heard the plane’s engines surging and that the craft turned sharply before falling into a nosedive, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said.
Dave Clark, senior vice president of Worldwide Operations at Amazon, said:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the flight crew, their families and friends along with the entire team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy. We appreciate the first responders who worked urgently to provide support."
Hawthorne told the Houston Chronicle late Saturday afternoon that police had found human remains at the site of the crash.
Investigators have also recovered parts of the plane, he said. “There’s everything from cardboard boxes to women’s clothing and bed sheets,” Hawthorne said.
The largest piece from the Boeing 767 that police have recovered is 50 feet long, Hawthorne told the newspaper.
The sheriff said recovering pieces of the plane and its black box containing flight data records will be difficult in muddy marshland that extends to about 5 feet deep in the area. Air boats are needed to access the area.
BREAKING: 767 Cargo jetliner crashes near Anahuac, Chambers County. @FAANews spokesperson says Atlas Air. Inc. aircraft lost radio contact 30 miles SE of Bush Airport and went down in Trinity Bay. Initial reports indicate 3 people on board. #KHOU11 Investigates— Jeremy Rogalski (@JRogalskiKHOU) February 23, 2019
Boeing is aware of media reports of a 767 freighter accident in Texas and is gathering more information.— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) February 23, 2019
The plane, operated by Atlas Air, departed from Miami and was headed to George Bush International Airport.
I'm at @iflymia and I believe I happened to see this aircraft shortly before departure. This is likely the last photo of this aircraft. pic.twitter.com/ApHUljVJhy— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) February 23, 2019
Atlas Air operates 20 cargo planes for Amazon. The Amazon Prime Air branded aircraft was converted from a passenger to cargo plane in 2016, Airways Magazine reported.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
#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
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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