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

The Latest: Cause of military cargo plane crash unknown

Last summer, the Marine Corps ground its fleet of KC-130T aircraft - another variant of the C-130, following a crash that killed 15 Marines and one sailor in Mississippi.

Speaking in Carolina, P.R., near San Juan, General Rivera signaled concern about the age and condition of the unit's fleet.

Senior Master Sergeant Roger Parsons, an Air Force spokesman, said at a news conference that the cause of the crash was under investigation.

Dahlen said the plane was probably more than 50 years old and was headed to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance Regeneration Group at Davis Monthan Air Force Base - also known as a boneyard for old planes.

A U.S. military transport aircraft has crashed onto a highway in the southern USA state of Georgia. The debris field stretched 600 feet (183 meters) in diameter, Bilbo said. Records show only two in-flight Class A mishaps were recorded before the MS crash, both in 2002.

"We don't expect any survivors", the official said.

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

The plane crashed at the intersection of usually busy roads.

It is not yet clear what caused the crash. Barnes frantically called 911. The aircraft crashed along Georgia Highway 21.

Officials said all the crew members were from Puerto Rico.

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"It miraculously did not hit any cars, any homes", Bilbo said.

Motorist Mark Jones told the Savannah Morning News that he saw the plane hit the ground right in front of him.

The U.S. territory's Gov. Ricardo Rossello expressed his sadness, tweeting that "our prayers are with the families of the Puerto Rican crew". "We heard a boom of the crash and then a louder boom of the explosion", she said. The plane crashed soon after it took off from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. The plane was bound for Arizona. The plane was heading to Arizona. Initial reports suggested two people were killed, though that number was updated. Paul Dahlen says it's a sad day for Puerto Rico's National Guard.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

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

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

Reep said the fact that the C-130 crashed shortly after takeoff provides a clue as to what happened. The aircraft plunged into an intersection of two roads.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

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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