C-130 crashes in Georgia, killing 9

Kaylah Jackson
May 02, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paula Macombe


A C-130 plan crashed in Savannah, Georgia Wednesday, killing at least nine members of the National Gaurd.

According to Chatham Emergecy Management, which is located in Savanah, the crash that occured at the intersection of Hwy 21 at Crossgate Rd around 11:30am local time. The Air Force says the C-130 "Hercules" belonged to the 156th Airlift Wing of Puerto Rico and according to reports was en route to Arizona.

Shortly after the crash, the Savannah Professional Firfighters association tweeted a photo of the aircrafy on the highway engulfed in flames:

Puerto Rico Governor, Ricardo Rossello tweeted his "thoughts and those of Beatrice are with the families of the crew. You will recieve our support and that of the National Gaurd of Puerto Rico in this process." The 156th Airlift wing was heavily involved in hurricane support missions to Puerto Rico in September.

President Trump also offered his condolances after learning of the crash.

The cause of the crash isn't immediately known but the Air Force says the names of the aircraft’s crew would not be released until their next of kin have been notified.