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By Tim Stelloh
The authorities found two bodies after a cargo plane from retailer Amazon crashed in Trinity Bay, Texas, officials said Sunday.
Three Persons On board the cargo jet of the Boeing 767, the plane was in the water on Saturday afternoon.
Brian Hawthorne of Chambers County Sheriff said the authorities were still in the "active recovery mode", although it was "hard to believe" that they would find survivors.
"The north wind blew the water out of the bay," he said. "It will be daunting."
Mesa Airlines identified one of the aircraft crew members as Sean Archuleta, a captain who has been working with the company since 2013.
"This is a sad day for the entire Mesa family, while we mourn the loss of Captain Sean Archuleta," said Jonathan Ornstein, CEO of the company.
The other two persons had not yet been identified.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the aircraft's crew had last spoken to George Bush Intercontinental Airport controllers. He arrived from Miami at 12:30.
Nine minutes later, when the plane reached 6,000 feet, it lost communication and radar contact and began a nosedive, Sumwalt said.
It was not an emergency call, "he said.
The aircraft, operated by Atlas Air Worldwide, had been traveling at 240 knots or 267 kilometers per hour, said Sumwalt.
Chambers County Jail, he said, adding It was not clear why the plane had crashed.
Investigators found their wings, but still looking for their black boxes, the data and cockpit voice recorder, though Sumwalt said the devices could be buried deep inside Mud that they can not be located electronically.
"We will use a combination of divers or excavate for the recorders," he said.