Authorities recovered two bodies after a cargo plane used by the retailer Amazon crashed into Trinity Bay in Texas, officials said Sunday.
Three people were aboard the Boeing 767 cargo jet when it plunged into the water on Saturday afternoon.
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said the bodies had not yet been identified. Authorities were still in “active recovery mode,” he said, adding that it was “hard to believe” any survivors will be found.
“The north wind has blown the water out of the bay,” he said. “It’s going to be daunting.”
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the plane’s crew last spoke to air traffic controllers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, where it was traveling to from Miami, at 12:30 p.m.
Nine minutes later, when the plane was at 6,000 feet, it lost communication and radar contact and began a steep nose dive, Sumwalt said.
“There was no distress call,” he said.
The plane, which was operated by Atlas Air Worldwide, had been traveling at 240 knots, or 267 mph, Sumwalt said.
The nose dive was captured on a camera at Chambers County Jail, he said, adding it wasn’t clear why the plain crashed.
Investigators found its wings but were still searching for its black boxes, the data and cockpit voice recorder, though Sumwalt said the devices might be buried so deep in mud that they can’t be located electronically.
“We will use a combination of divers, or to dredge for the recorders,” he said.