One body has been recovered and two other people are missing and feared dead following the crash of a twin-engine cargo plane into a bay near Houston Saturday afternoon, officials told ABC News.
The Boeing 767 jetliner, which was flying from Miami to Houston, crashed into the Trinity Bay near Anahuac just before 1 p.m., officials said.
The plane was operating “on behalf of Amazon” and three people were on board, according to a statement released by Atlas Air Worldwide. Amazon officials confirmed Atlas’ statement, but directed questions about the missing passengers to Atlas.
“I don’t believe that there is anyway anyone could have survived,” said Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne at an evening press conference.
Hawthorne said that multiple dive teams on hand have discovered human remains, but have yet to locate any black boxes, which contain the aircraft’s flight recorder.
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne tells the Houston Chronicle that investigators have recovered parts of the cargo plane that crashed just east of Houston.
“There’s everything from cardboard boxes to women’s clothing and bed sheets,” Hawthorne said.
The sheriff tells the newspaper that the largest piece from the Boeing 767 that police have recovered is 50 feet long.
The flight was being operated for Amazon by Atlas Air, according to a statement from the airline. It had had departed Miami earlier and an FAA alert was issued after officials lost radar and radio contact with the craft when it was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
A cargo flight that crashed Saturday afternoon into a bay just east of Houston was being operated for Amazon by Atlas Air, according to a statement from the airline.
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.”
The Boeing 767 had three people aboard. The flight had departed Miami earlier and an FAA alert was issued after officials lost radar and radio contact with the craft when it was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.