New York-based Atlas Air, which operated the plane on Amazon's behalf, said it is cooperating fully with the FAA and the NTSB.
The accident happened just before 12:40 p.m. CT on Saturday when Atlas Air Flight 3591, a Boeing 767, went down in Trinity Bay near Anahuac, a city in Chambers County.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be lead an investigation, Lunsford said.
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The involved 27-year-old aircraft is registered as N1217A and was converted to a freighter in 2016. The FAA said that contact was lost with the jet approximately 30 miles southeast of Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and that the aircraft was flying from Miami to Houston.
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The plane was branded as an Amazon Prime Air jet, according to FlightRadar24.com. Atlas Air and Amazon have not yet provided a statement on the incident.
Initial reports indicate that three people were aboard the aircraft, which had left Miami earlier.
The sheriff added locals have brought boats to aid in the search. A dive team with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be tasked with finding the black box, Hawthorne said. We defer to local officials to do that at the appropriate time.
This story will be updated as more information is released.