One body has been recovered and two other people are missing and feared dead following the crash of a twin-engine cargo plane into a bay near Houston Saturday afternoon, officials said.
Air traffic controllers in Houston tried at least twice to contact the plane but received no response.
He added, at this time, there are no signs of survivors.
FAA investigators arrived at the scene shortly after the crash with authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board, which will lead the investigation.
Before Saturday the most recent cargo jet crash occurred Aug 14, 2013, when a United Parcel Service Inc. plane hit a hill as it prepared to land in Birmingham, Alabama. "Then as we got closer we started seeing plane debris", he said.
3 dead after cargo plane from Miami crashes outside Houston
The twin-engine plane had departed from Miami and went down in Trinity Bay, just north of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. FAA investigators are on their way to the accident site and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.
"It looks like total devastation from the aircraft part", Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told local media outlets.
"Our union stands together as a family and in support of our members' families", said Daniel C. Wells, who is also an Atlas Air captain.
The FAA said they are investigating the crash.
The plane, which was minutes away from landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, crashed into muddy marshland and can only be accessed by air boats.
Flight 3591 was spotted by witnesses just before 1 p.m. diving "nose first" into Trinity Bay, officials said.
On October 31, 1999, all 217 people on board EgyptAir Flight 990, a 767-300ER, crashed off Nantucket Island, Mass., in global water. "We are concerned about the safety of the three people reported to be on board the airplane".