Puerto Rican National Guard Plane Crashes Leaving 9 Dead

Black smoke is seen billowing from the crash site

Black smoke is seen billowing from the crash site

According to news reports, the C-130 aircraft crashed at the intersection point at highway 21 and Crossgate road close to Savannah/Hilton head global airport, in an area of woods and light industry just northeast of the airport grounds on a clear morning.

No cars were hit on the ground but power was cut to the area of the crash, said Genta Bilbo, a spokeswoman for the Effingham County Sheriff's Department.

Surveillance video from a nearby business shows video of the cargo plane taking off and nose-diving before a cloud of thick black smoke appeared.

Still, Wednesday's crash was a new blemish on the plane's record, coming nearly 10 months after fifteen Marines and a sailor died when an air tanker version of the plane, a KC-130T, plunged into farmland in rural Mississippi.

The plane crashed near Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

"It's well known that the airplanes of Puerto Rico's 156th Wing are among the oldest in the inventory of the nation, and they're airplanes that are more than 60 years old", the general said.

The Air Force says an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Savannah, Georgia.

"It didn't look like it nosedived, but it nearly looked like it stalled and just went nearly flat right there in the middle of the highway", Jones said.

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All were from Puerto Rico, officials said.

At the time, Georgia's Air National Guard was working with its counterpart in Puerto Rico to fix communication equipment at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, which was heavily damaged by the hurricanes.

She says workers initially thought something had exploded out back of their building but adds, "we saw black smoke just billowing with flames shooting up". "No impacts to airport operations at this time".

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and the top official in the Puerto Rico National Guard are expressing their sorrow following the crash of an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane in Georgia. They aren't releasing names until all the families have been contacted, but "most of them already know and have come to the base".

Emergency crews stage at the site of a military C-130 plane crash in Port Wentworth, Ga., May 02, 2018.

It was flying from the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia to Tucson, Arizona, where it was to be decommissioned. Rivera said the plane last received maintenance at the military base in Savannah in April.

Tiffany Williams, deputy coroner of the Chatham County Coroner's Office, said by telephone that two people were confirmed killed.

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