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Three believed dead in Amazon cargo plane crash

Staff Writer |
Three crew members of a cargo plane operating by Atlas Air for Amazon are feared dead after the Boeing 767 jet crashed into a bay near Houston on Saturday afternoon.

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"Atlas Air flight 3591 was involved in an accident earlier today. Three people were on board at the time," Atlas Air said.

"At this stage a search investigation is underway. In the meantime, we are providing all possible information to the families and loved ones of those on board.

"The flight from Miami to Houston was a cargo flight operated by Atlas Air on behalf of Amazon. We have activated our emergency response plans and we will be sending a specialist team to the crash site," Atlas Air said.

"Everyone within the company is deeply saddened by this event. Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come. We have a call center available for media inquiries the number is + 1 407 205 1814.

We are now working with the emergency services and other agencies to establish the circumstances around exactly what happened."

The Amazon Air flight, operated by New York-based Atlas Air, was en route to from Miami to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport when it crashed into Trinity Bay near the Houston suburb of Anahuac at approximately 12:45 p.m. Central Time, Saturday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on its Twitter feed that FAA investigators were en route to the scene, and that the National Transportation Safety Board would lead the investigation of the crash.

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