Military plane crashes near airport in Georgia, 5 Dead

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Spokesman says at least 5 killed in a plane crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The following is a statement from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, on the Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 Hercules crash today.

“The Governor and I extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the victims and family members of those involved in the Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 crash today in Georgia,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard. “The National Guard is an organization dedicated to supporting one another in times of need and our hearts go out to the 156th Airlift Wing, the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, and the first responders who are continuing to facilitate rescue and response operations. The C-130 community is strong and resilient and we are thankful for the brave men and women who take flight each and every day, protecting America and preserving our freedom at home and abroad.”

2:20 p.m.

A spokesman for the Puerto Rico National Guard says the military cargo plane that crashed outside Savannah, Georgia, was on its way to Arizona.

At least five people were killed in the Wednesday crash. Maj. Paul Dahlen says it’s a sad day for Puerto Rico’s National Guard.

The C-130 cargo plane crashed around 11:30 a.m. near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

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1:50 p.m.

A Georgia Air National Guard spokesman says at least five people have died in a military plane crash near the Savannah, Georgia, airport.

Capt. Jeff Bezore of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Air Wing said he couldn’t say how many people in total were on the plane that crashed Wednesday around 11:30 a.m.

The Air Force says the plane was an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico.

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1:15 p.m.

Chatham County Deputy Coroner Tiffany Williams says police tell her two people have been killed in the crash of a military cargo plane near an airport in Savannah, Georgia.

Williams said she didn’t have any other details on the deaths Wednesday.

The Air Force says the plane was an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico. The 165th Air Wing out of Savannah was responding to the crash.

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12:25 p.m.

The Air Force says an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Savannah, Georgia.

In a tweet, the Chatham County Emergency Management Agency says the plane crashed Wednesday at the intersection of two roads.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association shows the tail end of a plane and a field of flames and black smoke along the side of a road as an ambulance stands nearby.

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