Large cargo plane crashes east of Houston

Initial reports indicate that three people were aboard the aircraft, which had left Miami earlier.

Ms Lunsford did not know the status of the people aboard and the Chambers County Sheriff's Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert after officials lost radar and radio contact with Atlas Air Flight 3591 when it was about 30 miles (48 kilometres) southeast of the airport, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.

While the exact cause of the crash has yet to be determined, weather may have played a role in the fatal crash, says weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles.


The plane had departed from Miami and was likely only minutes away from landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

The FAA said in a statement that the National Transportation Safety Board would be investigating the crash.

The cargo plane was operating for Amazon Prime. The aircraft was flying from Miami to Houston.

FAA investigators are on their way to the accident site and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.


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

According to Atlas Air Inc.'s website, the company transports items from "precious perishables or heavy construction equipment to arranging passenger charters for celebrities or dignitaries".

We will have more information as this story develops.


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