A cargo aircraft operating for Amazon Prime Air crashed with three passengers as they approached Houston, Texas, on Saturday.
Dive teams have not found any black boxes yet, but they have found items.
Amazon unveiled its first branded cargo aircraft in 2016. One in 40 carriers that will be the company's own 40 Boeing jets air transport network leased from Atlas Air and Air Transportation Services Group, which will operate air transport networks. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)
Boeing 767 crashed about 30 miles southeast of the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Chambers County, Texas, at 12:45. local time, according to The Daily Beast.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated, but AccuWeather meteorologists assume that the weather can be blamed.
"There were some jets of wind rays near Houston at the time of the crash. While a survey has to take place, these were around the area and could have been a factor in the accident," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert.
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The aircraft, operated by Atlas Air Inc., flies from Miami to Houston.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lost radar and radio contact with the aircraft shortly before it crashed. The aircraft, Atlas Air Fight 3591, was at the northern end of Trinity Bay near Galveston.
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Amazon published the following statement:
Our thoughts and prayers is with the flight crew, their families and friends with the entire team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy. We appreciate the first respondents who worked to provide support.
Atlas Air also sent the following claim in response to crash:
This confirms that an Atlas Air 767 freight aircraft # 3591 operating from Miami to Houston has been involved in an accident this afternoon. We understand that the plane went down near the town of Anahuac Texas, in Trinity Bay. We can confirm that there were three people on board the aircraft. These people and their family members are our top priority at this time. Atlas Air collaborates fully with the FAA and NTSB. We update when additional information becomes available.
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