Wednesday, 2 May 2018

At least five dead in military plane crash near airport in Savannah, Georgia

At least five people have died after a National Guard cargo plane crashed near an airport in Savannah, Georgia.
An official from the Georgia Air National Guard confirmed the fatalities after the C-130 aircraft went down at the intersection of Highway 21 and Crossgate Road at around 11.30am local time on Wednesday.
A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association showed its wrecked tail end, with a plume of black smoke rising from the wreckage and fire spreading through a roadside field.

Emergency services on the scene, working to clear the wreckage. Pic: IAFF574 Savannah

Emergency services remain on the scene, a few miles from Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.

The plane was from the Air National Guard 156th Air Wing based in Puerto Rico and was bound for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

Local roads have been closed and some flights at the airport - from where the smoke is visible - have been affected.
Gena Bilbo, from Effingham County Sheriff's Office, told a press conference that parts of Highway 21 could be closed for weeks, with damage also done to nearby train tracks.

"As far as we know, no cars were hit which is an absolute miracle," she added.

Parts of the highway could be closed for weeks

A spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard, Captain Jeffrey Bezore, said the four-engine aircraft, which had five people on board, was on a training mission.

He added: "The names will be released upon notification of next-of-kin. A board of officers will investigate the accident."

BBC       News.

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