Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia airport official says
03 May, 2018, 14:28 | Author: Bert Pena
Motorist Mark Jones told the Savannah Morning News that he saw the plane hit the road right in front of him, about a mile from the airport.
Video images posted on Twitter appeared to show the plane diving headlong toward the ground, and then a plume of smoke from an explosion.
Puerto Rico National Guard spokesman Major Paul Dellen said, "We confirm the flight of nine people in the plane".
The C-130 is a transport workhorse for the USA military, and Parsons described the crashed aircraft as a cargo plane.
A Puerto Rico Air National Guard cargo plane crashed during a training mission in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday, killing at least five people and scattering debris across railroad tracks and a highway, officials and local media said.
The authorities cut electric power to the area of the crash, suspended service on a rail line that runs next to Highway 21, and warned that a stretch of the roadway could remain closed for weeks. CSX has shut down all rail traffic in the area as well. Puerto Rico's National Guard has five other similar planes, two of which need maintenance and aren't being used, he said. They also advised travelers to avoid Highway 21.
"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, describing how people stopped and got out of their cars following the explosion.
"I have seen videotape from a surveillance camera of the accident and the airplane is in a developing spin at the point of impact, which would only be possible if the pilot went below the mandatory flying speed or stalled the airplane", he said.
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A formal investigation into the cause of the crash will take months.
Emergency crews stage at the site of a military C-130 plane crash in Port Wentworth, Ga., May 02, 2018.
"Nine crew members died in the accident, but until their families and relatives are notified, we can not give their names", Brig.
"Please join me in thoughts and prayers for the victims, their families and the great men and women of the National Guard", he wrote.
"The National Guard is an extended family", Rivera said as doctors, psychologists and chaplains gathered to meet with the victims' relatives.
According to the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, flights are arriving and departing with minimal delays.
A WC-130 is a weather reconnaissance aircraft used by the Air Force and Air National Guard.
A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association shows the tail end of a plane and a field of flames and black smoke as an ambulance stands nearby.
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