At least five are dead after a military plane crashed on Wednesday near the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Roads throughout the area were closed, and traffic was being diverted. They also advised travelers to avoid Highway 21.
The most recent accident before Wednesday's deadly crash in Georgia happened July 10 when a Marine Corps KC130T transport plane crashed in MS, killing 15 Marines and a Navy sailor when it slammed into a soybean field near Itta Bena. The aircraft plunged into an intersection of two roads.
The plane had been in Savannah for "a number of days" undergoing routine maintenance, said Maj.
An aging U.S. 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.
"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.
You're more likely to die driving your auto, but that doesn't stop a lot of us being terrified of planes.
"We're going to stress to the local population, this is going to drastically affect your life for an extended period of time", Port Wentworth, Ga., Police Chief Matt Libby said in a Wednesday night news conference. "Most people stopped and got out of their cars".
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".
Authorities have not commented on the cause of the crash, saying that they are launching an investigation.
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Mariah Majors, an employee at the Carey Hilliard's on Highway 21, said she could see smoke in the air but could not see the plane.
The plane was more than 60 years old, Isabelo Rivera, Adjutant General of Puerto Rico's National Guard, said.
Master Sgt. Roger Parsons, said multiple crew members were killed in the crash, but investigators were gathering information about who was on the plane.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted that his thoughts are with those impacted by the crash, and that they'll receive support from the Puerto Rico National Guard.
The incident occurred when the C-130 was taking off from the airport and it crashed around 11:30 a.m.
"We don't expect any survivors", the official said.
Photo made available by the Chatham Emergency Services, GA., shows firefighters putting out a fire caused by a plane crash near the airport in Savannah, Ga., May 2, 2018. The WC-130 is a modification of the model that specializes in weather reconnaissance. Typically an Air Force plane like this has a crew of five, with room for dozens of passengers or cargo.