A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard crashed Saturday into a bay just east of the city, according to officials.
The Federal Aviation Administration said initial reports indicated that there were three people on board. The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office says there were no survivors, according to Click2Houston.
The FAA said initial reports indicated the plane was owned and operated by Atlas Air, Inc.
The Houston Police Department said it is sending its marine officers to the scene and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said it is sending personnel to assist with the crash.
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The twin-engine plane had departed from Miami and went down in Trinity Bay, just north of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
No other details were immediately available.
An FAA alert was issued after officials lost radar and radio contact with Atlas Air Flight 3591 when it was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Lunsford said.
The Coast Guard dispatched several boats to assist in the search for survivors. Video provided by KTRK-TV in Houston showed a Coast Guard helicopter hovering over the water in an apparent search for survivors.
FAA investigators are traveling to the scene as are authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board, which will lead the investigation.
Texas troopers also were at the scene.
The FAA released the following statement:
“A twin-engine Boeing 767 cargo jetliner operated by Atlas Air Inc. crashed into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas, shortly before 12:45 p.m. (Saturday).
“The Federal Aviation Administration issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT) on Atlas Air Flight 3591 after losing radar and radio contact with the Boeing 767 approximately 30 miles southeast of Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The aircraft was flying from Miami to Houston.
“Initial reports indicate three people were aboard the aircraft.
“Please contact local search and rescue officials for further information about the emergency response.
“FAA investigators are on their way to the accident site and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.
“The FAA and NTSB do not release names of people aboard aircraft. We defer to local officials to do that at the appropriate time.