A Boeing 767 cargo flight reported by Amazon Air crashed in Trinity Bay in Southeast Texas on Saturday afternoon and killed all three passengers aboard the aircraft.
Owned by Atlas Air Inc., aircraft 3591 took off from Miami, Florida and landed at the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. It crashed shortly before 1 pm local time in the nearby town of Anahuac, about 30 miles outside of destination.
The FAA said in a statement that the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the accident.
"FAA investigators are on their way to the accident site and the National Transport Security Board has been notified," the reading said. The agency issued a notice after losing contact with the pilot.
Movies from Local News Station WFAA showed rescue helicopters with US Coast Guard overhead Trinity Bay, which surveyed the wreck. The record obtained by the news station indicates that the aircraft was operated by Amazon Air and had made at least one successful trip over the last 24 hours, from Hawaii to California.
It was not immediately clear what caused the plane to crash or what it was the type of cargo it was wearing. According to the company's website, Atlas Air has a fleet of 747s, 777s, 767s and 737s, and is used for freight distributions, heavy construction equipment and "arranging passenger charters." Amazon Air operates 30 aircraft in its fleet, according to WFAA.