Military transport plane crashes in Chatham County, GA

03 May, 2018, 18:35 | Author: Angel Logan
  • 2 killed in military cargo plane crash near airport in Georgia

An aging United States military cargo plane carrying nine troops was destroyed in a fiery crash Wednesday as it made its final scheduled flight before being mothballed, officials said.

Investigators in Georgia are trying to figure out what caused a Puerto Rico Air National Guard plane to crash, killing all nine members on board.

Puerto Rico National Guard spokesperson Major Paul Dahlen said the aircraft was on a training mission to Arizona and was scheduled to be retired after the journey.

US President Donald Trump later tweeted he had been briefed on the incident and offered his condolences to the families of the victims. Belonging to the 156th Air Wing, 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.

The plane came down at the intersection of Georgia Highway 21 and Crossgate Road in Port Wentworth, a small suburb north of Savannah, according to the Chatham Emergency Management Agency.

Boone said the cargo plane was manufactured in the late 1970s and had been in Savannah for routine maintenance.

The highway where the crash took place is one of the busiest roadways in the area.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said that his thoughts were with the families of those involved while he waited for more information.

"It was terrible", said Denver Goodwin, who works at a wrecker service down the street from the crash.

Truck driver Roger Best who works for a transportation company in Garden City, about 4 miles south of the crash, saw the plane overhead before it crashed.

"This pains us", he said of the deaths.

According to U.S. media reports, it is a C-130 Hercules military aeroplane that crashed.

Rivero said in a Wednesday evening press conference that the C-130 has been used in the past to rescue US citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and to ferry supplies to the territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria previous year.

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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