Boeing 767 cargo plane crashes near Houston, killing 3 people

Cargo jet with 3 aboard crashes near Houston

Cargo jet with 3 aboard crashes near 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.

Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately know the status of the people aboard and the Chambers County Sheriff's Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Atlas Air Flight 3591 was en route to Houston from Miami when radar and radio contact with the plane was lost about 30 miles southeast of the airport, the agency said in a statement.

A large cargo plane flying for Amazon Air has crashed into Trinity Bay near Houston, local officials say.

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne described the crash as "total devastation". "Knowing what I saw, there can't be any survivors".

The last transmission sent to the aircraft warned of heavy rain near the airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be lead an investigation, Lunsford said. It was operating a flight for Amazon Air.

The plane was branded as an Amazon Prime Air jet, according to FlightRadar24.com.

The FBI are also on the scene to help locate the jet's black boxes.

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.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is more available.

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