An Amazon freight 767 operated by Atlas Air has crashed 30 miles outside of Houston.
The jet on route from Miami lost contact with radar around 12:45 PM local time and is believed to have three missing crew onboard.
This is a breaking news story and some details are currently unknown at this time.
What are the details?
The FAA has released a short statement regarding the incident.
— The FAA (@FAANews) February 23, 2019
Atlas Air flight 3591, an Amazon-branded 767-300ER was en route from Miami and was expected to land at Houston Intercontinental Airport at 12:53 PM.
Unfortunately, it seemed to lose radio and radar contact just before the final approach (at around 3,000 feet) and as such has gone missing.
The last transmission to the aircraft was a warning about heavy rain in the area:
Radar doesn’t show any rain around them, but there was some on their flight path a few km ahead.
— SatWx Aviation (@SatWx_Aviation) February 23, 2019
It is believed that there are three crew members onboard.
The event was first reported to local authorities when witnesses said they saw a large plane crash into Trinity Bay. This lead to calls to local radar and tracking stations that revealed a connection with a dropped contact.
The jet itself is nearly 30 years old. It originally started service with Canada Airlines in 1992, and then after two and a half decades was converted into a freighter for Atlas Air in 2016. It has been flying for Amazon since 2017.
The flight was operated by an Atlas Air Boeing 767-375(ER)(BDSF) registered N1217A. This aircraft first flew in was converted from a passenger aircraft to cargo and entered service with Atlas in April 2017. https://t.co/Aqbq74Egx1 #5Y3591 pic.twitter.com/gyrpb4yVdD
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 23, 2019
Local law enforcement, search and rescue, and FAA inspectors are en route to the scene.
“Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the accident involving an Atlas Air 767 cargo airplane that crashed into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas, shortly before 12:45 p.m.local time Saturday.” – Statment from Boeing
We will have more information as this story develops.
Updated: Plane wreckage has been found with no survivors
Local authorities have arrived on the scene and found the wreckage at a local area of the lake known as ‘Jacks Corner’.
They have confirmed no survivors and the bodies have been recovered.
It is unknown at this time what caused the crash, FAA has confirmed that they will be leading the investigation.