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[Final Flights, Antigua] National killed in aircraft crash

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[Final Flights, Antigua] National killed in aircraft crash
24 February, 2019

An Antiguan was among three people killed when a cargo plane crashed near Houston, Texas in the United States on 23 February.

He has been identified as Conrad Jules Aska, and contact has been made with his family here in Antigua. Aska was the first officer on the flight operated by Atlas Air Inc. on behalf of online commerce giant Amazon.

A short time ago, local media in Texas were reporting that human remains were recovered from the crash site.

The authorities in the State say the twin-engine Boeing 767 nose-dived into shallow water shortly before it was due to land. Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the crash. Debris from the plane as well as pieces of the packages it was carrying were strewn across the water.

It was travelling from Miami to Houston when it went down about 40 miles South East of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

ABS extends sincere condolences to the Aska family.

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3 confirmed dead after Boeing 767 cargo plane's nose dive into Trinity Bay
R.A. Schuetz
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Investigators scoured the shallow waters of Trinity Bay Sunday, trying to determine why a Boeing 767 cargo plane fell out of the sky the day before, killing three and leaving a trail of debris.

Capt. Sean Archuleta of Houston, Capt. Ricky Blakely of Indiana and First Officer Conrad Jules Aska of Antigua were being mourned Sunday by friends and family on social media. Authorities have not confirmed the identities, but did say that all three on board died when Atlas Air flight 3591 crashed near Anahuac shortly before 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Two of the bodies have been recovered, authorities said Sunday.

Archuleta, 36, had been living in The Woodlands for a few years as a pilot for Mesa Airlines. He was a new father and had just landed his dream job at United Airlines, said Don Dalton, his roommate of three years.

He was supposed to start next week and caught a ride in the jump seat of the cargo plane to return to Houston from Miami.

"He got his dream, almost," Dalton said. "Now he'll never fly it ... that's the part that kills me."

Archuleta's wife and children live in Colombia. Dalton was at the scene Sunday in case he was needed to identify Archuleta's body. He said Archuleta's wife had been contacted.

"She's devastated," he said. "They just had their baby. I'm not an emotional guy, but this tore me up today. I lost a guy that I truly looked forward to opening the door and seeing. I miss the guy. I miss him already."

The plane, contracted by Amazon Prime Air Fleet and operated by New York-based Atlas Air, was just minutes from arriving at Bush Intercontinental Airport when it crashed into shallow water. Parts disintegrated on impact, and the largest piece police have recovered is 50 feet long.

"This is a sad day for the entire Mesa Family as we mourn the loss of Captain Sean Archuleta," said Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and chief executive officer of Mesa Airlines. "Our thoughts are with Sean's family, the families of the two Atlas Air pilots, and the whole Atlas Air organization. This is a loss for all of aviation."

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne described the scene as "total devastation" hours after the crash and urged witnesses and people who find debris to contact 1-800-CALL-FBI.

A five-second clip of the plane nosediving into the water was captured on a security camera at the Chambers County jail.

Real-time flight data published by FlightAware.com shows the aircraft departed Miami International Airport at 10:33 a.m. Central Time. At 12:38 p.m., the aircraft descended 11,750 feet in about 30 seconds.

The Federal Aviation Administration lost radar and radio contact with the plane when it was about 30 miles southeast of Bush, the agency said. Some witnesses reported hearing the aircraft's engines sputtering, while others reported hearing a sound resembling a thunderclap, Hawthorne said. It crashed into the bay shortly before 12:45 p.m., according to the FAA.

The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent federal agency that investigates civil aviation accidents, will handle the investigation.

Investigators called the process ahead "painstaking" and estimated it would take over a year. There was no distress call or hazmat materials on the plane. Pieces of the wings and landing gear have been identified in the debris field, which spans 200 yards by 100 yards, authorities said.

They are continuing to search for "perishable evidence" and the black box, which records flight data and voices in the cockpit. "We have to get those recorders," said Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. "We will stay here as long as it takes to get that."

Block boxes emit ultrasonic "pings" to make them easier to find after a crash, but the muddy landscape could prevent the pingers from being heard. Sumwalt said that if that is the case, they may need to physically comb the landscape with scuba divers or even dredge the area.

A storm band moved through the Houston area at the time of the crash, though heavy rain is nothing new for pilots approaching Bush Intercontinental. Air traffic controllers warned the pilots of the rain, which was significant in spots. In some of the last communication between the plane and the ground, one of the pilots says he will aim west of the heaviest rain. Controllers warn him of departing planes headed that way.

"Oh, OK, then we'll go on the east side, just go ahead and direct us," one of the pilots says.

After some back and forth among the controllers, one last transmission comes from the plane's pilots, with one of them saying "OK."

Moments later, air traffic controllers continue to hail the plane but receive no communications. They start hailing other planes in the area, asking if they can see anything in the area of the plane's location.

It could take months to unravel why the plane nose-dived into the bay, officials said.

"We urge everyone to not become involved in speculation or rushes to judgment," Capt. David Bourne, Teamsters airline division director said in a statement. "We are very fortunate to have the experts from the FAA, NTSB, FBI and so many other organizations that will; in due time, determine the cause of this accident."

The Boeing 767 is a large twin-engine jet airliner used to transport cargo or up to 280 passengers. They are a workhorse of American aviation with more than 1,000 in service, nearly 600 of which are the third-generation extended-range version that crashed into Trinity Bay.

The aircraft that crashed Saturday was built in 1992 and was converted to a cargo plane in recent years, FAA records show.

Boeing 767s have been involved in six fatal crashes since its debut in 1981, according to research compiled by the Flight Safety Foundation. The vast majority of fatalities have been related to terrorism, notably the two planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Other incidents have been related to pilot error, such as 2002 Air China Flight that crashed into a hillside in South Korea during a storm.

A handful of times, the GE engines — the same as the ones on the Atlas Air plane — burst apart, spraying debris. In a 2016 incident, an engine on an American Airlines plane leaving Chicago's O'Hare Airport burst apart in a fiery incident that led the pilots to quickly abort takeoff. The "uncontained failure" of the engine, as it is was determined by the NTSB, sent parts of the engine more than half-mile from runway.

Following the Chicago crash, General Electric urged airlines to inspect the turbine discs — the blades the convert the engine's combustion into thrust, similar to a windmill — on both the high and low pressure turbines inside the engines.

In August, the FAA required inspections using ultrasound equipment to detect cracks in the turbine discs.

Witnesses Saturday told television stations they heard a thunderclap or sonic boom sound around the time of plane's plunge into the bay. In the 2016 Chicago incident, those on the plane said the engine burst apart with a loud bang. The pilot, in his testimony to the NTSB, likened it to hitting a pothole at 115 mph.

A 767 operated by Air New Zealand that had just departed Brisbane lost its left engine in a similar incident in December 2002. The pilots were able to turn that plane at about 10,000 feet and make an emergency landing back at the airport.

No one was seriously injured in the two incidents. The 767 is capable of flying with only one of its two engines.

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Crash: Atlas B763 at Houston on Feb 23rd 2019, lost height on approach
Simon Hradecky
Saturday, Feb 23rd 2019

An Atlas Air Boeing 767-300 freighter on behalf of Amazon Prime, registration N1217A performing flight 5Y-3591 from Miami,FL to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA) with 3 crew, was on approach to Houston in contact with Houston Approach, routine communication, when radio and radar contact with the aircraft was lost about 30nm southeast of Houston Intercontinental Airport at about 12:40L (18:40Z). Approach called the aircraft once without response at about 18:40z and again at 18:47Z, at 18:47Z ATC queried "how do you read?" In the following approach queried several other aircraft on approach whether they were able to see the aircraft somewhere (on the ground), all negative responses. The aircraft was found near position N29.7636 W94.7145 having impacted the waters of Trinity Bay about 1.5nm northwest of Anahuac's Bayside Community Hospital. Two bodies were recovered from the crash site.

Local Police reported the aircraft was located in Trinity Bay near Anahuac,TX (USA). Rescue and Recovery services are on their way to the wreckage. The Sheriff characterized the site as total devastation, he does not believe anyone could possibly have survived. Eye witnesses reported the aircraft went in nose first.

In the late evening (local time) of Feb 23rd 2019 the Sheriff's office reported one body was recovered. Joint efforts by the Sheriff's office, the FBI and NTSB continue to recover the victims and the black boxes. The crash scene extends over a distance of 3 miles in shallow waters up to 5 feet deep. Multiple dive teams from the Baytown police, Houston police and Texas Department of Public Safety are working at the crash site.

Late evening of Feb 25th 2019 the Sheriff reported the two bodies recovered so far have been identified to be the first officer and the jump seat rider. The search for the captain is continuing.

The FAA reported an Alert was raised for an Atlas Air Boeing 767 with 3 crew on board after radio and radar contact was lost about 30nm southeast of Houston Airport.

The NTSB dispatched a Go-Team to investigate the crash of a cargo jet near Baytown,TX. In a very first brief preliminary statement the NTSB reported the aircraft was in a descent characterzized normal, when at 6300 feet it began what the NTSB characterizes a very rapid descent. A simultaneous loss of radar and radio contact occurred.

On Feb 24th 2019 the NTSB reported in a press conference, that the aircraft was on a standard arrival route from the southeast, the crew checked in with Houston Approach at about 18,000 feet about 76nm southeast of Houston Intercontinental Airport at about 12:30L, ATC advised there was light to heavy rain ahead and offered vectors around the weather. At about 12:36L the aircraft was cleared to descend to 3000 feet. At 12:41L radio and radar contact was lost when the aircraft was at 240 KIAS at about 6000 feet. A surveillance video was located by the NTSB from the Chambers County Jail about 1.4nm from the impact area showing the aircraft in a steep descent in a steep nose down attitude, the video shows the aircraft for about 5 seconds. There was no distress call. The main wreckage location is oriented in a northwesterly direction and is about 200 yards long and 100 yards wide. Wings and landing gear are further to the northwest. The NTSB is still searching for the back boxes. No hazmat was on board. The fuel load is not yet known, it is anticipated however that the fuel tanks were breached at impact and all fuel was released. There is no information available yet how long it took from entering the steep descent until impact. There were no attempts, according to the surveillance video, to turn or pull up during the last moments of flight. The pingers attached to the black boxes can not be heard, possibly because of being buried in the mud and effectiveness being reduced. The surveillance video will be placed into the NTSB docket and will be released to public when the docket is going to become public. Two bodies were recovered from the crash site so far. Within the NTSB conference the Sheriff stated that they did not find the crash site due to fuel but due to debris. There was very little if any fuel around.

Boeing are deeply saddened to learn of the accident involving an Atlas Air Boeing 767 into Trinity Bay and are concerned about the safety of the three people on board. Boeing are prepared to provide technical assistance to the NTSB in charge of the investigation.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/GTI ... /KMIA/KIAH

Metars:
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KIAH 231953Z 31011KT 10SM SCT039 BKN090 BKN250 23/13 A2990 RMK AO2 SLP123 T02330128=
KIAH 231853Z 32011G19KT 10SM SCT035 BKN080 BKN250 21/12 A2991 RMK AO2 SLP129 T02110117=
KIAH 231802Z 32015G24KT 10SM FEW035 SCT060 BKN080 BKN250 22/12 A2992 RMK AO2 T02220117=
KIAH 231753Z 32014G19KT 9SM FEW020 SCT033 BKN060 21/12 A2992 RMK AO2 PK WND 33029/1701 WSHFT 1653 RAB01E13 SLP131 P0000 60000 T02110122 10261 20189 53015=
KIAH 231745Z 32009KT 9SM FEW020 SCT033 BKN060 20/12 A2992 RMK AO2 PK WND 33029/1701 WSHFT 1653 RAB01E13 P0000 T02000117=
KIAH 231713Z 32018G24KT 8SM BR SCT016 BKN020 BKN029 19/12 A2991 RMK AO2 PK WND 33029/1701 WSHFT 1653 RAB01E13 VCSH SE-S P0000 T01940122=
KIAH 231653Z 27010G15KT 5SM BR SCT015 BKN018 BKN029 24/22 A2988 RMK AO2 SLP119 VCSH S-SW T02440217=
KIAH 231615Z 24007KT 5SM BR SCT015 BKN019 OVC028 24/22 A2989 RMK AO2 T02440217=
KIAH 231553Z 19008KT 6SM BR BKN013 BKN019 BKN035 25/22 A2988 RMK AO2 SLP118 T02500222=
KIAH 231509Z 20008KT 5SM BR BKN012 BKN018 BKN055 24/22 A2988 RMK AO2 T02390222=
KIAH 231453Z VRB05KT 5SM BR SCT011 BKN017 BKN055 23/22 A2988 RMK AO2 SLP117 60000 T02330222 53018=
KIAH 231433Z 17009KT 5SM BR SCT010 BKN016 BKN055 23/22 A2987 RMK AO2 T02330222=
KIAH 231353Z 19007KT 5SM BR BKN009 BKN014 BKN055 23/22 A2985 RMK AO2 SLP107 T02330222=

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Remains found after cargo jet with three aboard crashes in water near Houston
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PHIL HENSEL and AMY CALVIN
Feb 24th 2019

Some human remains were found Saturday after a Boeing 767 cargo jet with a reported three people on board crashed into Trinity Bay east of Houston earlier in the day, officials said.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne did not confirm three fatalities but said the remains were not found inside the aircraft and have not yet been recovered.

"What I will tell you is I don't believe that there’s any way that anybody could have survived," he told reporters late Saturday afternoon. He said multiple dive teams were on the scene.

The twin-engine plane operated by Atlas Air Inc. crashed shortly before 12:45 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. The FAA said 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.

Atlas Air Worldwide said in a statement that three people were on board Atlas Air flight 3591, and it was flying on behalf of the online retailer Amazon.

"Everyone within the company is deeply saddened by this event," Atlas Air said. "Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come."

Hawthorne told reporters earlier Saturday that the debris field is around three-quarters of a mile. "At this point, it's total devastation," he said at that time.

Witnesses who called police described the plane going down nose-first into the bay, Hawthorne said. The water goes from 5 feet deep to zero where it becomes a mud marsh, he said. "It's not going to be an easy recovery task for us to do," he said.

FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford said that FAA investigators were on their way to the accident site and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and said it was sending a team to investigate.
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The sheriff's office said that the plane has been located in Jack's Pocket at the north end of Trinity Bay.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Saturday evening that preliminary information indicates "the aircraft was in what I would characterize as a normal descent, and at around 6,300 feet it began what I would characterize as a very, very rapid descent at that point."

There was a simultaneous loss of air traffic control radar contact and communications with the aircraft and pilots, Sumwalt said. A high priority in the investigation will be recovering the plane's black boxes, he said. The shallowness of the water could make that easier, he said.

Image: Local and federal officials gather at a staging area during the investigation of a plane crash in Trinity Bay in Anahuac, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle via AP

Boeing said in a statement that "we are deeply saddened to learn of the Atlas Air 767 freighter that crashed near Anahuac, TX, earlier today" and that the company is prepared to offer technical assistance to the NTSB as it investigates the accident.

Hawthorne said that when he went to the crash site he saw floating debris that included bed sheets, women's clothing, cardboard boxes and fiberglass.

Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations at Amazon, said in a statement, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the flight crew, their families and friends along with the entire team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy."

Accounts from witnesses included those who described hearing "the surging of the engines" and others thought they were hearing lightning, but that appears to have been the plane, Hawthorne said.

"But there's no doubt he was having some kind of problem with the airplane, according to the eyewitnesses, and then it turned and went into a nosedive," the sheriff said.

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