The plane was traveling from Miami to Houston when it crashed Saturday about 40 miles south east of George Bush Intercontinental Airport. So far, only one body has been found, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said.
The sheriff described the contents of the packages and cardboard boxes scattered across the water along with the parts of the twin-engine plane.
"There was nothing intact of the airplane," he said. "Knowing what I saw, I do not think anyone could survive it."
Hawthorne said the crash site in Trinity Bay near Anahuac is 5 feet deep and is accessible by airboats and other flat-bottom craft. The plane was operated by Atlas Air Inc.
The plane was operated by Atlas Air Inc., a subsidiary of the United States Department of Public Health, and the Houston Police and the Baytown Police. . on behalf of Amazon, the operator said in a statement.
Several bystanders saw the plane go down
About six people saw the plane go into the water. According to the witnesses, "There's no doubt he's having some sort of problem with the airplane," said the Sheriff. "It turned out and it went into a saddle."
The 767 was in a normal descent as it approached the airport, then went into a "very, very fast descent" at 6,300 feet, the National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said reporters.
Atlas Air said its priority is the three people in the plane and their family members.
The president of the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1
Daniel C. Wells, who is also an Atlas Air captain, said "Our union stands together as a family and in support of our members' families." "Our focus is on our friends and colleagues who were in that plane, and we are doing everything we can to support their families."
The plane was built in 1992
"The joint operation between the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, the National Transportation Safety Board and the FBI will continue to attempt the recovery of the victims and the aircraft," the sheriff's Office said in a statement.
The plane was located in Jack's Pocket at the north end of Trinity Bay, the Chambers County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.
According to the FAA website, the plane was built in 1992 and the flight number was 3591.
Boeing said it was sad to hear about the crash.
"We are concerned about the safety of the three people reported it to be on board the airplane, "it said. "We are prepared to provide technical assistance to the National Transportation Safety Board as it investigates the accident."