MIAMI — A Boeing 767-300 converted freighter aircraft operated by Atlas Air Inc. crashed Saturday afternoon into Trinity Bay southeast of Houston, Texas.
The aircraft, operating and branded as Amazon Prime Air, was operating a regularly scheduled flight from Miami International Airport to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.
The FAA released the following statement:
Three passengers were aboard the aircraft when it crashed according to Atlas Air.
In a statement, the company said the following: “This is to confirm that an Atlas Air 767 cargo aircraft Flight No. 3591 operating from Miami to Houston has been involved in an accident this afternoon. We understand the aircraft went down near the city of Anahuac Texas, in the Trinity Bay. We can confirm there were three people on board the aircraft. Those people and their family members are our top priority at this time. Atlas Air is cooperating fully with the FAA and NTSB. We will update as additional information becomes available.”
Shortly before departure from Miami, the aircraft was photographed by Jason Rabinowitz.
I’m at @iflymia and I believe I happened to see this aircraft shortly before departure. This is likely the last photo of this aircraft. pic.twitter.com/ApHUljVJhy— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) February 23, 2019
The aircraft, a nearly 27 year-old Boeing 767-300, formerly flew for several passenger airlines including China Southern Airlines and the LAN family of airlines (now branded as LATAM).
Atlas Air took delivery of the aircraft, registered N1217A, in 2016 after a period of storage and after completing a conversion into a cargo aircraft.
Boeing is aware of media reports of a 767 freighter accident in Texas and is gathering more information.— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) February 23, 2019
This story is developing. Airways will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.