Amazon Prime cargo plane chartered from Atlas Air crashes killing all on-board

Amazon Prime cargo plane chartered from Atlas Air crashes killing all on-board
Amazon unveils its new Prime Air branded Boeing 767 airplane at Seafair over Lake Washington in Seattle on August 5 2016 Photography by Scott EklundRed Box Pictures
Published: 25 February 2019 - 7:06 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

An Atlas Air Boeing 767 freighter chartered to Amazon’s Prime air cargo division crashed Saturday in Texas, killing all three crew members on-board.

The twin-engine jet was seen nose-diving into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, east of Houston, by witnesses.

According to local media reports, one of the plane’s engines ‘surged’ before the plane made a sharp turn and dived.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said investigators have found two bodies at the site where the plane crashed, and are continuing to search for another one.

Atlas Air has confirmed that the recovered bodies are those of its flight crew.

"It is with great sadness that Atlas Air Worldwide has confirmed that the three people on board Atlas Air Flight 3591 did not survive," Atlas said in a statement.

The aircraft was part of the Amazon Prime Air Fleet and was traveling from Miami to Houston when it disappeared from radar, prompting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue an alert notice.

No distress call was sent out by the plane before the crash.

Atlas Air is working with the NTSB, FAA and local officials in Houston to investigate the crash.

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