Amazon Cargo Boeing 767 Crashes On Flight 3591 Near Houston

Unfortunately, over the weekend a disastrous event happened in the United States. A Prime Air Boeing 767 crashed in Trinity Bay.

Atlas Air, the airline operating Flight 3591, has confirmed that three people were onboard the aircraft at the moment of the accident. The company has also confirmed that none of the crew onboard the aircraft survived the accident.

The cargo Boeing 767 was en-route Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport from Miami International Airport.

The Boeing 767 registered as N1217A, started flight operations 27 years ago. The now-bankrupt Canadian Airlines initially ordered the aircraft from Boeing, but never took up the order. GPA, an aircraft leasing company took over the order and then leased it to China Southern Airlines. The Boeing 767 changed hands a few times throughout its history, but it mainly served with LAN Airlines (currently LATAM Airlines).

Three years ago, Atlas Air re-registered the aircraft and converted it to a cargo plane. As of 2017, Amazon Prime Air took over the branding of the aircraft. However, Atlas Air still operated till it crashed while on its way to Houston. It crashed 30 miles from the airport.

Reason still unknown – nose first into Trinity Bay

While NTSB investigators are still looking for the aircraft’s Black Boxes, people are discussing multiple reasons for the crash. One of the main versions is bad weather is at fault for the deadly accident.

Flightradar24 data shows a very rapid descent. At 12:37 PM, Flight 3591 was at 8,675 feet (2.6 kilometers in the air). The crew of the Boeing 767 began a normal landing procedure and at 12:38 PM the aircraft lowered its altitude to 5,850 feet (1.7 kilometers). Suddenly, at 12:39 PM the Prime Air aircraft lost over 4,000 (1.2 kilometers) feet of altitude and data shows the last ping-back from the aircraft at 1,325 feet (403 meters). It is reported that the aircraft crashed at about 12:45 PM local time.

The prime suspect is a microburst. A phenomenon where a very intense burst of winds hits the ground and subsequently, the wind then proceeds to spread in all directions upwards. This can cause wind shear. Usually, aircraft are the most vulnerable to microbursts when they are landing as microbursts produce wind shear. Because of the danger that these anomalies possess an aircraft, pilots dedicate a lot of time to train on how to handle these situations.

Another reason for the crash might be a mechanical failure like the instrument cluster failing or showcasing incorrect data.

However, nothing conclusive still can be said why the Prime Air Flight 3591 crashed.

Flight path of the Atlas Air Boeing 767 Flight path of the Atlas Air Boeing 767. Source: Flightradar24

Atlas Air and Boeing will help the investigators

As soon as the authorities reported the crash, both the airline operating the flight and the manufacturer have come out and released statements that they would help NTSB to determine the reason for the crash.

Atlas Air has said that it “ is cooperating fully with the FAA and NTSB. We will update as additional information becomes available.”

Meanwhile, Boeing released the following statement: “Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the crew on board Atlas Air Flight 3591, a 767 cargo airplane that crashed near Anahuac, Texas, on February 23. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the crew and stand ready to support the Atlas Air team. Boeing has launched a team to provide technical assistance to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board as the agency conducts its investigation.”

Additionally, Atlas Air is also working with the victims‘ families. The airline opened up a Family Assistance Center that will look after the families and take care of them.