An Antiguan pilot is among three people feared dead after a cargo jetliner crashed this afternoon in Texas.
The names of the individuals on board this flight have not been officially released.
However, a person close to the man’s family in Antigua say the family received the news about the crash today.
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said some human remains have been recovered but didn’t specify whether three bodies had been found
Hawthorne said the crash site in Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas, is in water just 5 feet deep and is reachable by airboats and other flat-bottom craft.
The scene extends over 3 miles, he said
The sheriff described seeing the contents of packages and cardboard boxes as he traveled across the water, then seeing parts of the twin-engine Boeing 767. The flight was operated by Atlas Air Inc.”There was nothing intact of the airplane,” he said.
“Knowing what I saw, I don’t think anyone could survive it.”He said about six people saw the plane go into the water. Some said it sounded like the engines were “surging,” the sheriff said.”There’s no doubt he was having some kind of problem with the airplane, according to the eyewitnesses,” the sheriff said.
“Then it turned and went into a nosedive.”The 767 was in a normal descent as it approached George Bush Intercontinental Airport, then went into a “very, very rapid descent” at 6,300 feet, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters in Washington before his team left for Texas