Military plane crashes in Georgia
The WC-130 that crashed in Georgia today was flying out to Arizona to be de-commissioned, Maj. Paul Dahlen of the Puerto Rican National Guard told CNN.
The plane was to be de-commissioned and placed in a strategic reserve holding area. Arizona is home to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, known as “the boneyard”
Dahlen confirmed that nine personnel were aboard the aircraft when it crashed, including five crew and four passengers.
A Lockheed C-130 Hercules crashed on Gulfstream Road in Port Wentworth, Georgia, USA and burst into flames. The aircraft was attached to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and reportedly operated on a training mission from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Georgia, to Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.
All crew members and 4 passengers on board suffered fatal injuries.
The military plane that crashed on Highway 21 in Savannah didn’t hit any cars, officials say.
“As far as we know, no cars were hit which is an absolute miracle,” Gena Bilbo, public information officer for Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, said during a press conference.
There is wreckage on and beside the road and impacts to nearby train tracks.
Power has been cut to the area and parts of the highway could be closed for weeks, Bilbo said.