U.S. military plane crash carried nine personnel

Savannah plane crash: Five dead in Georgia as military plane comes down

Savannah plane crash: Five dead in Georgia as military plane comes down

A Puerto Rican National Guard Planed crashed soon after its takeoff on Wednesday killing all nine people aboard it.

The Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 plane, a Hurricane Hunter aircraft, was being flown to retirement in Arizona when it crashed. Puerto Rico's National Guard has five other similar planes, two of which are not in use because they require maintenance, he said.

US President Donald Trump tweeted he had been briefed on the incident, and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

"Nine crew members died in the accident, but until their families and relatives are notified, we can not give their names", said Brigadier General Isabelo Rivera, the assistant general of Puerto Rico.

The plane, which Rivera said last received maintenance at the military base in Savannah in April, crashed onto Georgia's Highway 21 moments after taking off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

"Right when it came over a set of trees there, I saw it do a roll upside down", Jimmy Livingston said.

Savannah plane crash: Five dead in Georgia as military plane comes down

Before the plane crashed Wednesday was moved to Puerto Rico in 2005 or 2006, it was part of the Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, Maj. The US Air Force is investigating the cause of the crash.

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport said on social media that some flights were being affected though the crash happened off its property.

The U.S. territory's Gov. Ricardo Rossello expressed his sadness, tweeting that "our prayers are with the families of the Puerto Rican crew". Paul Dahlen told The Associated Press. The plane involved in Wednesday's crash was at least 50 years old, according to an official familiar with the aircraft.

"While we are waiting for more information regarding this unfortunate accident, my thoughts and those of Beatriz are with the families of the crew".

The crash was at least the fifth deadly accident involving a U.S. military aircraft since early April and the first of a United States military C-130 since July, when 16 service members were killed in a MS crash.

The four-engine plane sent up a towering cloud of black smoke, with a tail wing coming to rest on a highway median, television images showed.

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