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A Puerto Rican National Guard Planed crashed soon after its takeoff on Wednesday killing all nine people aboard it.
The plane experienced an almost free fall before crashing on a busy highway in the Savannah area of Georgia near the Hilton Head International Airport. Adjutant Gen. Isabelo Rivero, a top official of Puerto Rico National Guards confirmed that there were no survivors on the ill-fated aircraft.
JUST IN: Shocking video of a military aircraft plane crashing in Port Wentworth.— WSAV News 3 (@WSAV) May 2, 2018
Officials confirm 9 were on board the C-130 plane. More on this story: https://t.co/kshfHnSq0H
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The highway where the crash took place is one of the busiest roadways in the area. Fortunately, there were no cars on the road when the crash happened.
As per local media reports, the plane, the C-130 ‘Hercules’ weather reconnaissance and cargo plane was in Savannah for maintenance and was on its final flight to Arizona where it was to be decommissioned. However, a tweet from National Guard says the plane was performing a training mission.
“While performing a training mission, a U.S. C-130 "Hercules" cargo plane from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed about 11:30 a.m.”
A statement from National Guards says the accident will be investigated by a board of officers.
United States President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, “I have been briefed on the U.S. C-130 “Hercules” cargo plane from the Puerto Rico National Guard that crashed near Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Please join me in thoughts and prayers for the victims, their families and the great men and women of the National Guard.”
JUST IN: An aerial view of the horrific plane crash that happened here in Savannah today. pic.twitter.com/u15qyjLinC— WJCL News (@WJCLNews) May 2, 2018