HOUSTON — Pilots of the Atlas Air cargo jet that crashed into Trinity Bay in February frantically described the plane losing speed about a minute before air traffic controllers lost radar contact, according to a transcript of the recovered cockpit voice recorder released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday.
The Boeing 767 was carrying packages from Miami to Houston for Amazon.com and the U.S. Postal Service. It crashed into shallow marshy waters at 12:39 p.m., about 34 miles southeast of Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Minutes earlier, air traffic controllers re-routed the plane around some light to heavy precipitation and advised the cockpit, “Clear on the other side of this stuff so you’ll have no problem gettin’ to the airport.”