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Amazon Air Last Jet has crashed, all 3 on board believed dead



Three people are supposedly dying after a plane from Amazon Air, operated by Atlas Air, crashed in Texas today.

A search is on the way for those who were on board, Atlas Air Business Insider told a 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," said Dave Clark, general manager of worldwide operations at Amazon, in a statement. "We appreciate the first respondents who worked hard to provide support."

Atlas Air Flight 3591 flies from Houston to Miami. According to a statement by the Federal Aviation Administration the aircraft lost signal about 30 miles southeast of Houston George Bush International Airport. The FAA then gave a warning.

Pilots from the airlines with whom Amazon Air deals, have told Business Insider that their salaries and benefits are far below industry standards. Pilots said that means that pilots working with Amazon Air tend to be less experienced.

"It's a ticking bomb," Captain Robert Kirchner, Atlas pilot and the board manager of Teamsters Local 1224, told Business Insider weeks before the accident.

Kirchner and other Atlas Air pilots said the company, which is contracting to Amazon, DHL and other carriers, tends to overpower its pilots.

"They don't recognize fatigue," Kirchner told former Business Insider. "They think there are people going by. We must constantly show them some of these schedules. Ninety-nine percent of the time, we can prove to them that this is a thirteenth schedule."

Are you a pilot working at ABX, Atlas Air, or another freight company that contracts to Amazon? Contact rpremack@businesssinsider.com.


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