Air National Guard C-130 military cargo plane crashed near Savannah, 9 dead
An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed on Highway 21 in Savannah. Five Crew member died in crash
According to US Air Force an Air National Guard WC-130 from the 156th Airlift Wing in Puerto Rico went down in the area around 11:30 a.m. The 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard is responding to the scene, according to the Air Force. The WC-130 is used for weather reconnaissance
“We are saddened by the plane accident that occurred today in Georgia,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a tweet. “Our prayers are with the families of the Puerto Rican crew.”
The only part of the plane that remained intact was the tail section, said Chris Hanks, the assistant public information officer with the firefighters association. The tail section was sitting on Highway 21 and the ground in front of it was black and littered with debris, he said.
“As far as we know, no cars were hit, which is an absolute miracle,” said Gena Bilbo, spokeswoman for the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.
A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association showed the tail end of a plane and a field of flames and black smoke with emergency personnel nearby.