Atlas Air cargo jet crashes near Baytown, Texas, today

Atlas Air cargo jet crashes near Baytown, Texas, today

"It looks like total devastation from the aircraft part", Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told local media outlets. "Knowing what I saw, I don't think anyone could survive it".

FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford said that initial reports indicated that three people were on board. The sheriff said first responders found debris no larger than 50 feet across.

Investigators could be at the scene for weeks, the sheriff said.

A cargo jet crashed near Houston on Saturday.

Below is a picture of the plane's flight path into Houston from Miami before the deadly crash. The plane was one of 30 767 freighters operating for Amazon's Prime Air.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement confirming that a twin-engine Boeing 767 cargo jetliner crashed into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas about 12:45 p.m. The aircraft was flying from Miami to Houston.

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.

"Please contact local search and rescue officials for further information about the emergency response".

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead an investigation, officials said. A dive team with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be tasked with finding the black box, Hawthorne said.

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.

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