Three people are considered dead after one of the flights of Amazon Air operated by Atlas Air crashed today in Texas.
There is a search for the people who were on board, Atlas Air told Business Insider in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the flight crew, their families and friends, along with the entire Atlas Air team during the terrible tragedy," said Dave Clark, senior vice president of global operations in the Amazon. "We appreciate the first responders who have worked urgently to provide support."
Atlas Air Flight 3591 was flying from Houston to Miami. According to a statement by the Federal Aviation Administration the plane lost signal at about 30 miles southeast of George Bush International Airport in Houston. The FAA issues a warning.
Airline pilots with which Amazon Air signs contracts have told Business Insider that their salaries and benefits are far below industry standards. Pilots say this means that pilots who work with Amazon Air are less experienced.
"It's a bomb with delays," said Captain Robert Kirchner, chairman of the Atlas pilot and executive board at Teamsters Local 1224, before Business Insider weeks before the crash. Amazon, DHL and other carriers are reluctant to overload their pilots. "They do not recognize the pilot's fatigue," Kirchner said earlier on Business Insider. "They think these are people who lose. We must continually show them some of these schedules. Ninety-nine percent of the time, we can prove to them that this is a tiring scheme.
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