Five people died Wednesday when a Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft crashed near Savannah, Ga., the Georgia Air National Guard told The Associated Press.
Emergency crews are responding to the incident, which occurred at the intersection of Crossgate Road and Highway 21, Chatham County Emergency Management and the Savannah Fire Department revealed. The plane was from the Air National Guard 165th Air Wing in Puerto Rico and was on a training mission when it went down around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
There were five people onboard the transport aircraft at the time of the accident, according to the National Guard.
Plane crashes near Savannah, Georgia. Firefighters say the plane was a military cargo jet. Not clear how many people were on board, or if anyone on the ground was injured. (Photo courtesy Savannah Firefighters). pic.twitter.com/j2bRD3c5lc
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) May 2, 2018
Local members currently on scene assisting with clean up. pic.twitter.com/lSuRcqTx56
— IAFF574 Savannah (@IAFF574) May 2, 2018
Updated: The death toll has risen to nine, and footage of the crash has become available. The new information can be found here: Surveillance Footage Shows Military Aircraft Nosedive Into The Earth In Georgia, Killing Nine [VIDEO]
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