Georgia: US Military C-130 plane crashes near Savannah airport; no survivors

Military plane crashes in Savannah, Georgia, first responders on scene (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Military plane crashes in Savannah, Georgia, first responders on scene (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

All were from Puerto Rico, officials said.

Officials with the Puerto Rico Air National Guard have said the aircraft was 60 years old, but Boone said its age was closer to 40 years old. The aircraft was over 60 years old and "had been used in the past to rescue USA citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and ferry supplies to the US territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria last year". A KC130F crash landed shortly after taking off in California, causing injuries but no deaths.

Officials did not publicly name any of the people aboard the plane who were confirmed or believed dead, except to say they were all Puerto Ricans.

Black smoke rose into the sky after the plane crashed into a median on the road outside Savannah, Georgia, around 11:30 a.m. local time.

Chatham County Coroner Dr. Bill Wessinger said it was "highly doubtful that anyone survived the crash".

The plane from the 156th Airlift Wing in Puerto Rico had been in Savannah for "a number of days" undergoing routine maintenance before heading to the Aerospace Regeneration and Maintenance Group in Arizona, he said.

"We're brothers and sisters". "It's something we never like to have happen, but we're still here to do a job and to continue on with the missions we have to do".

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"Any information about what caused this or any facts about the aircraft will come out in the investigation", he said.

Rivera said the plane last received maintenance at the military base in Savannah in April. He added it was on its final flight to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for long-term storage.

The plane was in the air for about two miles before it crashed into a field about a quarter mile from a busy highway.

"As far as we know, there were no cars hit in this crash", Ms. Bilbo said.

Barnes says the crash was hundreds of yards (meters) from her but flames were so intense "you could feel a little bit of heat coming off of it". At the same time it is emphasized that the miracle, at that time there was not a single machine. "It affects all of us".

A military cargo plane carrying 9 soldiers in the U.S. was burnt to death because of the fire.

Crews are still cleaning the roadway after a military aircraft crashed along a southeast Georgia highway.

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

Flights out of the Savannah airport are being affected by the crash, according to a tweet from the airport that urged passengers to check the status of their flights before going through security.

Mary Hennessy Cogar was at her place of employment in Garden City and said she felt the impact.

Chelsea Sinclair, who works at a nearby Parker's, said the store shook when the plane crashed. A Marine general said a year ago that it appeared "something went wrong at cruise altitude". The crash was reported to be just past Crossgate Road.

As he drove on South Coastal Highway to his next stop, he smelled "burning rubber and fuel".

Last month, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry, released a statement saying the "readiness of the military is at a crisis point" after reports that 16 American service members had been killed in noncombat aircraft crashes over a matter of weeks.

"There was a loud boom, and our lights flickered on and off", Majors said.

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