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Searchers Find Human Remains Believed To Be Third Victim Of Plane Crash In Anahuac

The mud and the depth of the water where the plane crashed are making the search operations difficult, including the search for the black box.

NTSB investigators, along with representatives from Boeing and a Texas Game Warden, searching Trinity Bay for recorders from the cargo jet crash in Texas using pinger locator equipment to listen for the underwater locator beacon. The airplane crashed on Feb. 23, 2019.

A cadaver dog that’s part of the team searching the site where a cargo jet crashed on Saturday has found human remains that authorities believe are those of a third victim. The accident happened in Trinity Bay, in the Anahuac area, about 60 miles east of Houston.

Emergency workers recovered two bodies over the weekend and sent them to a medical examiner’s office for autopsies.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said during a press conference on Tuesday the partial remains were found at approximately 2 p.m. Hawthorne emphasized the body hasn’t been found yet but added authorities may be closer to recovering it after Tuesday’s discovery. “We will not stop looking for the third body until we have that third body recovered,” Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne said the size of the debris field is about three quarters of a mile long and the crews deployed by the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) have already identified the four corners, as the agency calls them, of the site where the airplane crashed. An FBI evidence recovery team is also on site.

The mud and the depth of the water where the aircraft sank are making the search operations difficult, including the search for the black box.

Hawthorne explained the tides are also a challenge. “We’ve had two pretty hefty tides where the wind has blown the water back in and it has moved some of the debris.”

Heavy equipment that can operate in shallow water is being brought in to rake through the mud, and a contractor will dredge the area where the plane crashed.

Dive teams from the Houston Police Department and the Baytown Police Department are on standby.

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