Cargo Jet Crashes Near Houston, 3 Crew Aboard

This aerial image shows a swath of debris after a 767 cargo jet crashed near Houston on Saturday

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne described the crash site as "total devastation" and said the cleanup could take weeks.

Witnesses told authorities that they saw the plane crash nose first into the bay, Hawthorne said.

The cargo plane was operating for Amazon Prime.

A twin-engine Boeing 767 cargo jetliner flown by Atlas Air Inc. crashed into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas, shortly before 12:45 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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The plane was on its way to George Bush Intercontinental Airport from Miami when it crashed, the FAA said. According to the company website, Atlas Air has a fleet of 747s, 777s, 767s, and 737s and is used for shipping perishables, heavy construction equipment and also "arranging passenger charters". Some said it sounded like the engines were "surging", the sheriff said. Records obtained by the news station indicate the plane was operated by Amazon Air and had made at least one successful trip in the last 24 hours, from Hawaii to California. Three people were on board and a search and rescue operation is underway.

Atlas Air flight 3591, an Amazon-branded 767-300ER was en route from Miami and was expected to land at Houston Intercontinental Airport at 12:53 PM. Emergency services have been dispatched to the area, local media reported. The NTSB will be taking charge of the investigation.

"The FAA and NTSB do not release names of people aboard aircraft".

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