Officials said they regained human remains and debris, which includes women's clothing and bedding from a Texas bay, where a cargo aircraft operating for Amazon crashed minutes before arriving in Houston.
The federal airline officials examined the scene around Trinity Bay near Anahuac on Saturday, when the three crewmembers aboard the Atlas Air Flight 3591 were feared lost.
"Knowing what I saw, I do not think anyone could have survived," said Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, who described the scene as "total destruction." He said the recovery effort would resume on Sunday.
"Knowing what I saw, I do not think anyone could have survived it."
The dual-motor Boeing 767 contracted by Amazon fell from the sky minutes before it was expected to arrive at George Bush International Airport, the Houston Chronicle reported. The plane was part of the Amazon Prime Air Fleet and traveled from Miami to Houston. It had been at the Ontario International Airport in California earlier in the day, reported Press-Enterprise of Riverside.
Witnesses said they heard the aircraft sputtering before it "got in the nose first" around noon. 12:40 and left half a mile from waste along the low bay.
The Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the airline as it was 30 miles southeast of the airport, according to the paper.
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"I would dare say that it is likely to be mechanical," Hawthorne said of a possible cause.
In a statement, Amazon said "thoughts and prayers are with flight crew, their families and friends with the whole team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy. We appreciate the first respondents who worked as soon as possible to provide support. . "
Several agencies responded to the crash site. The low bay and the surrounding marsh present challenges to the respondents, says Brian Ligon, a spokesman for the city of Mont Belvieu.
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"I have been out there on a boat a couple of times, where you basically sail on dry sand and then just a few meters away it is super deep, "Ligon says.
The Coast Guard sent boats and at least one helicopter to help with recovery efforts. The National Transportation Safety Board is entering the survey.
Associated Press and Fox News reporter Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.