Atlas Air Flight 3591 Cargo Plane Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board held a board meeting July 14, 2020, 9:30 a.m. (EDT), to determine the probable cause of the Feb. 23, 2019, Atlas Air flight 3591 crash into Trinity Bay, Texas. 

The accident happened when the Atlas Air Boeing 767 cargo jet entered a rapid descent from about 6,000 feet and impacted a marshy bay about 40 miles from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The two pilots and one non-revenue, jumpseat pilot were fatally injured. The airplane, which was carrying cargo from Miami to Houston for Inc., and the US Postal Service, was destroyed.

In keeping with established Federal and local social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while also ensuring the NTSB’s compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the board meeting for this investigation will be webcast to the public, with the board members and investigative staff meeting virtually. There will be no physical gathering to facilitate the board meeting.

WHO:  NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHAT:  A webcast, virtual board meeting 


WHEN:  Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 9:30 a.m. (EDT). 

HOW: The board meeting will be webcast only, there will not be a public gathering of NTSB investigative or board members  A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at

Additional material including the accident docket and related news releases for this investigation are available at and NTSB imagery from its on scene investigation is available via the NTSB’s Flickr account at


See the board meeting on NTSB's YouTube Channel





Opening Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Investigator in Charge Presentation

Operational Factors Presentation

Human Performance Presentation

 Closing Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt



NTSB public events are also streamed via live webcast. Webcasts are archived for a period of 3 months from the date of the meeting. Webcast archives are generally available by the end of the event day for public meetings, and by the end of the next day for technical conferences.

If you wish to obtain a copy of an NTSB meeting, please contact the NTSB Records Management Division at (202) 314-6551,  or 800-877-6799. You may also request this information from the NTSB website,  or write to the following: National Transportation Safety Board, Records Management Division (CIO-40), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC 20594.