Authorities have recovered one body from the Trinity Bay near Anahuac, the victim of a commercial airplane crash that took place around 12:45 p.m. Saturday.
According to a statement from Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, the joint operation between the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, the National Transportation Safety Board and the FBI will continue to attempt recovery of victims and the aircraft.
“I would like to personally thank the many citizens that immediately launched boats to come to the aid of the victims of the crash and also thanks to the scuba diving recovery teams of the Department of Public Safety, Baytown Police and Fire and Houston Police Department. Fort Anahuac Park and the boat ramp in the park will be closed to the public until further notice for the NTSB to recover the airplane and the aircraft’s black boxes,” Hawthorne said.
The 767 cargo plane, Flight No. 3591, was en route for Houston from Miami with three persons on board. Atlas Air Worldwide in a statement released on Twitter says the plane belonged to its fleet.
“Atlas Air is cooperating fully with the FAA and NTSB,” the statement reads.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports that his agency is responding to eyewitness and Federal Aviation Administration confirmation that a a large commercial airplane has been reported to have crashed near the city of Anahuac, Texas, in the Trinity River.
The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and multiple agencies are responding at this time.
The plane has been located in Jack’s Pocket at the north end of Trinity Bay. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
Sheriff Hawthorne has issued a public plea for videos, photos and eyewitness accounts. Click the video below.