Officials said they had recovered human remains and debris, including women's clothing and bedsheets from a bay in Texas, where an Amazon-based cargo plane crashed a few minutes before arriving in Houston.
US aviation officials investigated the scene of Trinity Bay near Anahuac on Saturday, as the three crew members feared lost on Atlas Air Flight 3591.
"If I know what I've seen, I do not think anybody could have survived it," Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, Sheriff, said the scene was "total devastation." He said the recovery efforts would resume Sunday.
"I know what I saw, and I do not think anybody could have survived it."
The twin-engined Boeing 767, signed by Amazon, crashed a few minutes before arriving at George Bush International Airport, the Houston Chronicle reported. The aircraft was part of the Amazon Prime Air Fleet and traveled from Miami to Houston. It had been at Ontario International Airport in California earlier in the day, reported the Press Enterprise of Riverside.
Witnesses said that they heard the plane "spitting" before it "shot it in the nose" around 12:40. Mile of debris along the shallow bay.
According to the newspaper, the Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the airliner when it was 30 miles southeast of the airport.
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"I dare say it's likely to be mechanical," Hawthorne said of one possible cause.
In a statement, Amazon said, "his thoughts and prayers are with him." Flight crew, their families and friends as well as the entire team of Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy. We appreciate the first responders who have worked urgently to provide assistance.
Several agencies responded to the crash site. The shallow bay and surrounding swamp pose challenges for the respondents, said Brian Ligon, a spokesman for the city of Mont Belvieu.
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. "I've been out there a couple of times on a boat where you basically ride on dry sand, and then it's just a few feet from there super deep," said Ligon.
The Coast Guard sent boats and at least one helicopter to assist with the recovery. The National Transportation Safety Board heads the investigation.
Associate Press and Fox News reporter Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.