Amazon Air Crash Tragically Kills 3 Near Houston, Texas
Three people died tragically Saturday afternoon, when an Amazon Air cargo plane crashed into Trinity Bay about 35 miles east of Houston, Texas.
Amazon Air Flight May Have Had Engine Problem Before Crash
Atlas Air flight 3591 disappeared from radar around 12:45 p.m. on February 23rd, moments before its scheduled landing at Bush International Airport.
Atlas is one of two airlines that operate Amazon Air, the online retailing giant’s branded air freight service.
According to witnesses, the Boeing 767-300 cargo jet may have experienced an engine problem before it nose-dived into the bay. The aircraft apparently disintegrated upon impact, leaving behind a debris field that spanned nearly 180,000 square feet.
“When I got out there, it was just floating debris,” Chamber County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said. “Everything from bedsheets to women’s clothing to cardboard boxes to a lot of fiberglass. Then as we got closer, we started seeing plane debris. Knowing what I saw, I can’t believe anyone could survive it.”
Victims of Amazon Air Crash Include Houston, Texas Pilot
On Sunday, authorities in Texas confirmed that all three men aboard the Amazon Air flight died in the crash.
The victims include a 36-year-old Mesa Airlines pilot who was deadheading home in the aircraft’s jump seat. The Houston resident left behind a wife and six-month-old son, and had recently landed his “dream job” with Delta Airlines.
An Indiana man identified as the fight’s Captain also died in the accident, as did a resident from Antigua serving as First Officer.
Crews have recovered the remains of two Amazon Air victims, and continue to search for the third.
NTSB Seeks Black Boxes in Amazon Airplane Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation into Saturday’s Amazon airplane crash.
Investigators continue to search for the jet’s black boxes, which emit location signals and house flight data and cockpit recorders.
“Obviously, recovering those is critical to this investigation,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said on Sunday. “It is a painstaking process but it is a high priority for the NTSB.”
“The situation that we may be facing here is that those pingers may be embedded so much into mud that their effectiveness may be reduced,” he continued.
The NTSB could deploy dive teams, and even dredge sections of the bay, to find the boxes.
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