The aircraft involved in the incident had winglets.
An Amazon Air (formerly Prime Air) Boeing 767, operated by Atlas Air. It originally started service with Canada Airlines in 1992, and then after two and a half decades was converted into a freighter for Atlas Air in 2016. Three crew members were reportedly aboard. An investigation has been launched by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The last transmission sent to the aircraft warned of heavy rain near the airport.
The FAA has released a short statement regarding the incident.
A Texas sheriff says a Boeing 767 cargo jetliner disintegrated when it crashed into a bay east of Houston, and no survivors are expected to be found.
"The Federal Aviation Administration issued an Alert Notice on Atlas Air Flight 3591 after losing radar and radio contact with the Boeing 767 approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport", FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said. The aircraft was flying from Miami to Houston.
The Chambers County Sheriff's office said it was responding to the crash and that the plane had been located in Jack's Pocket, at the north end of Trinity Bay near the city of Anahuac, according to a Facebook post by the sheriff's office.
"Please contact local search and rescue officials for further information about the emergency response".
The FAA said in a statement that the National Transportation Safety Board would be investigating the crash.