An Atlas cargo airplane flying on behalf of Amazon Air — Amazon’s personal freight supply service that competes with FedEx and UPS, amongst others — has crashed exterior Houston, Texas, killing three individuals on board.
Amazon and Atlas each confirmed the accident with brief statements. Neither supplied any particulars on the character of the accident.
“Our ideas and prayers are with the flight crew, their households and associates together with the complete workforce at Atlas Air throughout this horrible tragedy. We respect the primary responders who labored urgently to offer help,” stated Dave Clark, SVP of worldwide operations at Amazon.
“That is to substantiate that an Atlas Air 767 cargo plane Flight No. 3591 working from Miami to Houston has been concerned in an accident this afternoon,” reads a press release from Atlas. “We perceive the plane went down close to the town of Anahuac, Texas, within the Trinity Bay. We are able to verify there have been three individuals on board the plane. These individuals and their relations are our prime precedence presently. Atlas Air is cooperating totally with the FAA and NTSB. We are going to replace as extra info turns into accessible.”
The Boeing 767 cargo jetliner misplaced contact on radio and radar round 12:45pm native time after crashing into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, a small metropolis about 30 miles from Houston. Native information reported officers on the bottom saying there may be unlikely to be survivors.
The plane, Atlas Air Flight 3591, was flying from Miami on behalf of Amazon, in accordance with flight monitoring website Flightradar24.
Many are reporting the crash as a “Prime Air” incident, however this isn’t utterly correct. Initially, Amazon Air was branded “Prime Air”, and this seems to be the emblem that also runs on many of those planes — however Amazon rebranded the service in December 2017. Amazon Prime Air now refers back to the firm’s efforts to construct a drone supply community.
As we have now famous, it’s not but clear what prompted the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the accident in a press release, deferring the investigation to the Nationwide Transportation Security Board, which stated in a tweet that it has dispatched investigators to the crash website.
Counting right now’s airplane, Amazon has 40 plane working below the Amazon Air model, serving some 23 airports within the U.S.
One looming query is how and if right now’s incident will impression Amazon’s larger technique with freight supply.
The corporate has been constructing its personal community of cargo planes since 2015, a method that serves a few functions. It provides Amazon extra management (each when it comes to scheduling and prices) over air-based logistics for the transport of products that it sells; and it provides Amazon a shot at taking up a number of the air transport enterprise that FedEx and UPS present for different firms.
Amazon Air has quietly however steadily grown over time. Amazon presently has plans so as to add one other 10 plane throughout 2019 and 2020, leasing them from Air Transport Providers Group, an Atlas competitor. Notably, Amazon has stakes in each Atlas and ATSG as a part of this larger guess on taking up different bigger cargo carriers with its personal freight supply service.