A Boeing 767 from Atlas Air crashes into Trinity Bay in Texas

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Houston - A Boeing 767-300 BCF owned by Atlas Air crashed into Trinity Bay while approaching the Houston George Bush airport in Texas.

On February 23, a Boeing 767-300 registered N1217A from Atlas Air disappeared from the radar screens at 12:45 PM Local over Trinity Bay, 26 nmi southeast of the international George Bush airport in Houston.

Three crew members died in the accident, according to US officials. The circumstances remain unknown for the moment.

The aircraft was first put in service by Canadian Airlines International in 1992. It was converted to the freighter by Atlas Air in 2016.

The aircraft was operating on behalf of US e-commerce giant Amazon Air. The company currently operates 50 Boeing 767 BCF, of which 40 are provided by Atlas Air and 10 by Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).

Preliminary analysis of air traffic control communications reveals that the crew was trying to avoid bad weather conditions during the approach.

According to local METAR data for the airport at the time of the accident, the visibility was clear, but there were strong crosswinds up to 24 kt from the north-west.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has sent a team to the crash site to investigate the accident.

Photo: John Feister Amazon Air N1217A