HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Human remains have been found after a twin-engine Boeing 767 heading to Houston with three people aboard crashed Saturday into Trinity Bay near Anahuac.
Atlas Air Worldwide confirmed that the three people on board Atlas Air Flight 3591 did not survive the accident.
According to a statement, Atlas is working to provide the families of those affected with care and support.
The company has established a Family Assistance Center staffed with specialists to support the families. Atlas Air Chief Executive Officer Bill Flynn is on site with a team from the airline.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected,” said Bill Flynn, Atlas Air Chief Executive Officer. “This is a sad time for all of us. Our team continues to work closely with the NTSB, the FAA and local authorities on the ground in Houston. We would like to commend the efforts of all of the first responders. We sincerely appreciate their efforts and support in the investigation."
Mesa Airlines confirmed that one of their employees was onboard Atlas Air flight 3591.
According to a statement released by Mesa, Captain Sean Archuleta had been a pilot for them since 2013. He was riding in the jump seat of the aircraft.
“This is a sad day for the entire Mesa Family as we mourn the loss of Captain Sean Archuleta,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mesa Airlines.
“Our thoughts are with Sean’s family, the families of the two Atlas Air pilots, and the whole Atlas Air organization. This is a loss for all of aviation.”
The Amazon Prime cargo plane had departed from Miami and went down nose first into the bay, just north of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
An FAA alert was issued after officials lost radar and radio contact with Atlas Air Flight 3591 when it was about 30 miles southeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The Chambers County Sheriff confirming investigators have found human remains from the Boeing 767 crash. The operator, Atlas Air Worldwide, says 3 people were aboard. pic.twitter.com/nX03POUrHC— Maria Salazar Fox26 (@MSalazarNews) February 23, 2019
The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and multiple agencies are responding at this time.
The Coast Guard dispatched several boats to assist in the search for survivors.
Houston Police Department marine officers are at the scene along with FAA investigators, and authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board, which will lead the investigation.
Texas troopers also were at the scene.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.