Amazon plane crashes in Houston killing all on board

A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner reportedly operated by Amazon Air crashed in Trinity Bay in Southeast Texas on Saturday afternoon, killing all three passengers aboard the flight.

Travel website One Mile At A Time said the plane flew from Honolulu to Ontario Friday evening.

The flight tracking site FlightRadar24 said the plane was operating for Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Air and posted a photo of the plane painted with Prime's logo.

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The Chambers County Sheriff's Office said the aircraft was discovered in Jack's Pocket at the northern end of the bay, which is east of Houston.

The largest piece from the Boeing 767 that police have recovered is 50 feet long, Hawthorne told the newspaper. A dive team with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be tasked with finding the black box, Hawthorne said.

The logistics and online shopping giant Amazon launched its Prime Air service in August 2016 using leased aircraft from two cargo aviation providers as part of its so-called "vertical integration" strategy that also includes the development of package-carrying drones. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.

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Initial reports indicate that three people were aboard the aircraft, which had left Miami earlier.

The aircraft involved was a almost 27 year old 767 that flew for China Southern and LAN before being converted to a cargo aircraft in 2014 and then delivered to Atlas.

The 767, which has a payload of 115,700 pounds and a range of 3,255 miles, is used by Federal Express, UPS, DHL, according to Boeing. "We are prepared to provide technical assistance to the National Transportation Safety Board as it investigates the accident".

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