3 passengers dead after Amazon cargo plane crashes in Texas

3 passengers dead after Amazon cargo plane crashes in Texas

3 passengers dead after Amazon cargo plane crashes in Texas

Police and officials say the plane crashed into Trinity Bay near Texas, shortly before 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon.

There are no survivors in the deadly crash, according to the Chambers County Sheriff's Office.

The aircraft was heading for Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport from Miami, confirmed the FAA.

Witnesses cited by local Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said the freighter's engines surged before the aircraft turned sharply and fell into a nosedive.

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

According to the Sheriff, multiple witnesses had reported the plane crash, seeing a nose dive and describing a noise that sounded like "lightening".

Initial reports were that there was a thunderstorm in the area at the time of the crash, aviation sources said.

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

The search resumed Sunday for the remaining two crew members and the all-important "black box" flight recorder that could offer clues to what caused the crash.

A cargo jet crashed near Houston on Saturday. It was en route from Miami to Houston, when it downed near the city of Anahuac Texas, in the Trinity Bay. "Then as we got closer we started seeing plane debris", he said.

The flight tracking site FlightRadar24 said the plane was operating for Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Air and posted a photo of the plane painted with Prime's logo.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the officials lost radar and radio contact with Atlas Air Flight 3591 about 30 miles (48 kilometers) short of Houston's global airport.

Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff of neighboring Harris County, which includes Houston, said on Twitter his office was sending personnel to help with the rescue efforts.

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