Two bodies aboard the Boeing 767 that crashed in the muddy waters of Texas was recovered, and their identities were confirmed.
According to Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, he was notified Monday evening that authorities have already identified the recovered bodies from the Houston-bound flight that crashed and disintegrated upon impact at the Trinity Bay.
The two bodies were that of Conrad Aska, 44-year-old first officer and co-pilot of Atlas Air Flight 3591, and Sean Archuleta, 36-year-old, a jump-seat passenger.
The body of Aska was discovered on Saturday in the muddy water of Trinity Bay in Texas while Archuleta was later found in a few meters from where Aska’s body was recovered.
The Atlas Air Flight 3591 was commissioned by Amazon to deliver parcels to Houston when the plane crashed, instantly killing all three of its passengers – including Aska and Archuleta.
The jet crashed Saturday in the bay just off the waterfront of the small town of Anahuac (a-nuh-WAK’), about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Houston.
The bodies of the recovered passengers were sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.
Search and rescue operation for the body of the third passenger is still ongoing. Authorities said that they are also searching for clues to help solve why the plane has crashed a few minutes after take off.
An area sheriff said that a north wind had exposed more of the three-and-a-quarter-mile debris field left by the Boeing flight that disintegrated after impact.
Authorities promised to work hard to find the plane’s black box – a device that records the flight data as well as the voices of those in the cockpit – to get to the bottom of the incident. /apr