Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

People Died in a US Military Plane Crash

The Latest: Cause of military cargo plane crash unknown 2 reported dead in Savannah military cargo plane crash
| 03 May, 2018, 17:30

According to the U.S. Air Force, the C-130 "Hercules" is a large airplane with an unobstructed, fully-pressurized cargo hold that can rapidly be reconfigured for various uses.

"They will receive our support and that of the National Guard of Puerto Rico in this process", he added.

His company handles hazardous materials, he said, expressing gratitude that the aircraft didn't crash in his immediate vicinity. It has been confirmed that there were nine people onboard, all of whom were killed in the accident. Records show only two in-flight Class A mishaps were recorded before the MS crash, both in 2002.

All nine people on board - five Puerto Rican crewmembers and four maintainers, according to The Military Times- were killed.

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

A spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard says authorities don't yet know what caused the military cargo plane to crash after taking off from the airport.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

NPR's Nicole Hernandez contributed to this report.

"Please join me in thoughts and prayers for the victims, their families and the great men and women of the National Guard", Trump tweeted Wednesday. Paul Dahlen of the Puerto Rican National Guard told CNN.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 21 at Crossgate Road.

Since this crash involves a military aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration is not the primary agency investigating the crash.

Denise Barnes was at her desk working at a construction firm when she heard a boom so loud it shook the building.


Black smoke rose into the sky from a section of the plane that appeared to have crashed into a median on the road. Barnes frantically called 911.

Produced continuously since 1954, the C-130 is a reliable and versatile aircraft with several iterations. Jose Rafael Roman. The mayor of Manati, which is along Puerto Rico's north coast, said Roman was a father of two young boys and his wife is five months pregnant with a baby girl. "I wasn't that far from it and I could have just kept going and it would have been me and we wouldn't be talking right now", Jones said.

Puerto Rico's Gov. Rosselló released this statement regarding the plane crash. The pilot was heading to Tucson, Arizona, to retire the aircraft. The plane was bound for Arizona.

One Instagram user, pilotgabe, posted a picture of the scene from the Hilton Head International Airport.

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

Five people were on board at the time of the incident.

"It was basically its last flight", Dahlen said.

Viewer describes moments before C-130 crash near Savannah.

"It was terrible", witness Denver Goodwin told CNN.

The WC-130, an older, modified version of the C-130 Hercules and equipped with special meteorological instruments, is used by the Air Force for Hurricane Hunter missions to provide reconnaissance on tropical storms and hurricanes for the National Weather Service in Miami. The 165th Air Wing out of Savannah was responding to the crash.

The plane had just taken off from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport when it crashed, Parsons said.

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