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No likely survivors in cargo jet crash in Texas, sheriff says

Boeing 767 cargo jet with 3 aboard crashes in Texas
Cargo jet with 3 aboard crashes in Texas 01:00

The Texas sheriff's office said late Saturday a body had been found after a twin-engine cargo plane carrying three passengers crashed into a bay east of Houston earlier. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said at a news conference earlier "it's probably a crash that nobody would be capable of surviving."

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert on the Boeing 767 after losing radio contact approximately 30 miles southeast of Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Video from CBS affiliate KHOU-TV showed wreckage in the shallow water of Trinity Bay. There was rain in the area when air traffic control lost contact with the plane.

The flight, operated by Atlas Air Inc., was traveling from Miami International Airport. In a statement, Atlas Air said, "Those people and their family members are our top priority at this time."

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it was sending a team to investigate at the scene. Boeing issued a statement on Twitter saying it was aware of the crash and "gathering more information."

This aerial image shows the scene of the crash on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. KHOU-TV

Kris Van Cleave contributed to this report. 

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