Cargo jet with three reported aboard crashes in water near Houston

Cargo jet with three reported aboard crashes in water near Houston

Cargo jet with three reported aboard crashes in water near Houston

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne described the crash as "total devastation".

Flight 3591 took off from Miami, Florida and was supposed to land at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Data gathered by online websites show that the plane, which was flying from Miami to Houston, rapidly lost altitude. "Knowing what I saw, I don't think anyone could survive it". The plane was one of 30 767 freighters operating for Amazon's Prime Air.

The Federal Aviation Administration said initial reports indicated that there were three people on board.

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.

The sheriff said recovering pieces of the plane, its black box containing flight data records and any remains of the people on board will be hard in muddy marshland that extends to about 1.5 metres deep in the area. Emergency services have been dispatched to the area, local media reported. It crashed shortly before 1 p.m. local time in the nearby town of Anahuac, about 30 miles outside of its destination.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be in charge of the investigation, the statement said, and FAA investigators were on their way to the crash site.

The FAA said in a statement that the National Transportation Safety Board would be investigating the crash.

The FAA and NTSB do not release names of people aboard aircraft.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is more available.

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