Statement issued after deadly Boeing 767-300 crash in Houston

Miami to Houston was a deadly flight for the crew on Atlas Air Worldwide. The Boeing 767-300 crashed out of unknown reason into a bay outside Houston, Texas, killing everyone on board.

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The Boeing 767-300, flying from Miami by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings for the online shopping giant, was nearing Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Saturday when it nose-dived into a muddy and marshy area of a bay near the city, authorities said. Three people on board were killed in the crash, Atlas Air said.

The remains of two people have been found at the site. One of the victims was Captain Sean Archuleta, a pilot for Mesa Air Group. Archuleta was riding in a jump seat on the plane, the regional airline said.

“This is a sad day for the entire Mesa Family as we mourn the loss of Captain Sean Archuleta,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa’s CEO and chairman. “Our thoughts are with Sean’s family, the families of the two Atlas Air pilots, and the whole Atlas Air organization. This is a loss for all of aviation.”

The following is a statement from General President James Hoffa and Airline Division Director Captain David Bourne.

James P. Hoffa, Teamsters General President

“We stand ready to assist our fellow crewmembers and the entire Atlas Air family with whatever resources that are needed in this time of great sadness as we seek to find the answers to this tragedy. Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to the families of our lost brethren, their families and friends as well as all of our Atlas Air crewmembers and families.

“We ask that you all keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Captain David Bourne, Teamsters Airline Division Director

“We were tremendously shocked and saddened at the loss of our fellow crewmembers and the jumpseat rider in the tragic crash of Atlas Air Flight 3561 near Houston, Texas yesterday.

“We all understand the risks associated with our profession as with any other; yet we are all humbled when such tragedies as this occur.

“We urge everyone to not become involved in speculation or rushes to judgment. We are very fortunate to have the experts from the FAA, NTSB, FBI and so many other organizations that will; in due time, determine the cause of this accident.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to the local law enforcement, first responders and civilians who responded so quickly to the scene.

“We collectively; the company, union, pilots and industry, will learn from it and we will move forward. It is what we do.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United StatesCanada and Puerto Rico.

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