Authorities say they have found remains as they are search for three victims who were on board a cargo jet that crashed into waters just off Houston. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne tells KHOU 11 in Houston "at this point there's no sign of any survivors." He noted that he doesn't think anyone could survive a crash of this nature. The Boeing 767 operated by Atlas Air and used by Amazon Prime crashed into Trinity Bay, which is part of the larger Galveston Bay this afternoon near the town of Anahuac. Hawthorne noted that authorities from several agencies are sweeping the area, looking for clues like the black box from the plane and other items that can give insight into what happened. Hawthorne said witnesses saw the plane nosedive into Trinity Bay and the plane is a total loss.
Atlas Air released the following statement in response to the crash:
This is to confirm that an Atlas Air 767 cargo aircraft Flight No. 3591 operating from Miami to Houston has been involved in an accident this afternoon. We understand the aircraft went down near the city of Anahuac Texas, in the Trinity Bay. 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 is cooperating fully with the FAA and NTSB. We will update as additional information becomes available.
Amazon released the following statement:
"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."
Boeing released the following statement:
We are deeply saddened to learn of the Atlas Air 767 freighter that crashed near Anahuac, TX, earlier today. We are concerned about the safety of the 3 people reported to be on board. Boeing is prepared to provide technical assistance to the NTSB as it investigates the accident.