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Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia, killing at least 5

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published World by Dawood Rehman | Published
Faye Gross | 03 May, 2018, 10:15

"News of today's plane crash in Savannah is devastating", Georgia Sen.

As the smoke dissipated, he said, helicopters buzzed around the crash scene, and fire trucks continued to rush toward the scene.

Effingham County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Gena Bilbo said "it is an absolute miracle" that no vehicles on the road were involved in the crash.

Video from a business near the crash showed the horrifying final moments of the hulking plane, a version normally outfitted to do weather reconnaissance, the CNN report said. It was headed for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona when it crashed at the intersection of Highway 21 at Crossgate Road. Power is cut off in the area, no word how many are affected. Officials have yet to release any reports that say why that plane crashed. Georgia officials initially put the number at five; Puerto Rico officials said five to nine.

The US Air Force confirmed that an Air National Guard C-130 crashed in the area. After take off earlier Wednesday, it was in the air for about two hours before it crashed.

Captain Jeff Bezore, a spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard's 165th Air Wing, said the crash killed at least five people. The aircraft was over 60 years old and "had been used in the past to rescue US citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and ferry supplies to the USA territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria last year".

A Pentagon reporter for Military Times posted to Twitter that she was working to confirm if the C-130 was attached to the Georgian National Guard or not.

He says the C-130 plane had been used in the past 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 previous year.

All nine crew members aboard the plane Wednesday had helped with hurricane recovery efforts, Rivera said.

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Rossello and Adjutant Gen. Isabelo Rivera said Wednesday afternoon that their prayers are with the families of those who were on the plane. They aren't releasing names until all the families have been contacted, but "most of them already know and have come to the base" on the island, Rivera said.

Initial information indicated five to nine people were aboard, Puerto Rico National Guard Spokesman Maj.

Jones said he saw an explosion and believed the plane could have landed on cars driving on the road.

A witness told the Savannah Morning News that the plane appeared to be flying very low before it crashed.

"It went nose-first down", she said. My stomach is in knots because I know they're people just like me.

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".

An orange and black fireball rose into the sky after the plane crashed onto state highway 21, about a mile (less than two kilometers) from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, around 11:30 a.m., authorities said.

Mary Hennessy Cogar was at her place of employment, about 4 miles south of the crash, and said she felt the impact.

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