Cargo jet with 3 aboard crashes near Houston

Clay Curtis
February 24, 2019

The Chambers County Sheriff's Office said debris from the plane was found in Jack's Pocket at the north end of Trinity Bay, but there was no immediate word on the status of the 3 people who were on board.

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne described the crash site as "total devastation" and said the cleanup could take weeks.

The flight, operated by Atlas Air Inc., was headed from Miami to Houston.

'We haven't been able to find any survivors or any remains.

"Knowing what I saw, I can't imagine how anyone could have survived", Hawthorne said.

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According to FlightRadar the jet had departed Miami at 11.33 local time and was scheduled to arrive at Houston Intercontinental at 12.53 local time. The last transmission sent to the aircraft reported heavy rain near the airport.

FAA investigators are travelling to the scene as are authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board, which will lead the investigation.

The jet had flown for Prime Air since April 2017, as per Flight Global. It was operating a flight for Amazon Air. The Texas Department of Public Safety is expected to send in a dive team to recover the plane's black box, which can provide vital clues about what brought the plane down.

Texas troopers also were at the scene.

Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff of neighboring Harris County, which includes Houston, said on Twitter that his office was sending personnel to help with the rescue efforts. Atlas Air confirmed that information in a statement on their website.

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