Investigation launched into Amazon cargo plane crash

An aircraft leased by Amazon has crashed shortly before it was due to land in Houston, Texas. All three crew were killed.

The Boeing 767 freighter aircraft was headed to Houston from Miami when it was lost from radar contact by air traffic control. Witnesses reported the engines ‘sputtering’ as it rapidly descended. A CCTV camera from a local jail caught the impact.

Amazon has only been using its own aircraft for a year or so. Thanks to the size of the US, it carries parcels across the country by aircraft as part of its general logistics movements.

The 767 is considered the ‘workhorse’ of air cargo flights and has had a very good safety record to date.

“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.”

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