Witnesses say the plane crashed shortly after take off. The plane was engulfed by fire. Debris from the crash covered the roadway and railroad tracks. Blak smoke spread on the sky. Firefighters later put out the blaze. Capt. Jeff Bezore, a spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Air Wing, said the crash killed at least five people.
Scene of the military plane crash in Georgia
The plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico and was headed to Arizona. All those aboard were Puerto Ricans who had recently left the U.S. territory for a mission on the U.S. mainland. There was no information about any injuries on the ground. A WC-130 is a weather reconnaissance aircraft used by the Air Force and Air National Guard. “We are saddened by the plane accident that occurred today in Georgia,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a tweet. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport said on social media that some flights were being affected though the crash happened off its property. It’s unclear exactly what caused the crash. The Savannah Air National Guard said a board of officers will investigate the incident. Highway 21 from GA 307 to Gulfstream Road is closed indefinitely, possibly weeks. Power has been cut to the area. Officials are not sure how many are impacted by the outage.
A number of nine people were killed in the accident.