Military transport plane crashes in Chatham County, GA

Blanche Robertson
May 3, 2018

An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane that crashed on a Georgia highway and killed nine crew members had just undergone maintenance and was headed to Arizona when disaster struck, a military official said Thursday morning.

It is not immediately clear what caused the incident.

The plane carried out a training flight, added the National Radio. A team from Charleston Air Force Base in SC is conducting the investigation, while a team from Dover Air Force Base in DE was sent to recover the airmen's remains, Boone said.

All the airmen were from Puerto Rico, officials said.

As the plane came crashing down, it narrowly missed people on the ground.

But almost eight hours after the crash, Effingham County Sheriff's spokeswoman Gena Bilbo told the Associated Press "To our knowledge, there are no survivors".

A tweet from the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association showed the tail of the plane smoldering in thick smoke.

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An Air National Guard cargo plane crashed near Savannah, Ga., on Wednesday morning. It was used to rescue USA citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and ferry supplies to the US territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria past year.

All nine people on board - five Puerto Rican crewmembers and four maintainers, according to The Military Times- were killed.

It's too early to say what might have caused the accident, officials said. It had spent a month in Savannah for maintenance prior to Wednesday's accident.

All eight crew members experienced contributed to hurricane recovery efforts as part of this Fighter Squadron, known as the Bucaneros, which flies outside from foundation Muniz in the northwestern coastal metropolis of Carolina, Rivera stated.

"Had this gone down a couple hundred feet north or south, it might have hit traffic or any of these big warehouses we have around here or any of these businesses or gas stations", Libby said.

The plane was in the air for about two miles before it crashed into a field about a quarter mile from a busy highway. "It was just a huge fireball", Jones said, describing how close cars were to the explosion. "He barely made it over the tree line (and it) looked as if he tried to turn and nose dive straight into the ground right in front of me".

President Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims of the Puerto Rico National Guard.

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