San Diego native among 3 killed in Amazon cargo plane crash

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SAN DIEGO – One of three people killed when an Amazon cargo jet crashed near Houston was a pilot who grew up in San Diego.

Sean Archuleta was on the Boeing 767 cargo jet Saturday when it crashed  into shallow water in Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas. The jet was branded as an Amazon Prime Air jet and was traveling from Miami to Houston when it went down about 40 miles from George Bush International Airport.

Archuleta, 36, was from San Diego County and graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista.  He had been a pilot with Mesa Airlines and was about to start his dream job as a pilot with United Airlines. As of Tuesday evening a page had already raised $157,000

“He has reach so many different levels of people and everybody seems to be wanting to contribute some how, because of the person he is and that’s what I love,” said Devida Philips a long time friend. 

Former baseball teammates were overwhelmed with the loss.

“I immediately think about his family he just had a new born boy that’s under a year old,” said Jesse English a former baseball teammate from Rancho Buena Vista High School. 

Archuleta is survived by his wife, a stepdaughter and a 9-month-old son.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Archuleta’s family.

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