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National Guard cargo plane from Puerto Rico crashes in Savannah, Ga
Five people dead, four missing after military cargo plane crashes into intersection 15 miles from Savannah’s airport,during a training mission
The C-130 Hercules crashed near Savannah at around 11.30am on Wednesday
The aircraft which belongs to the 156th Air Wing which is stationed in Puerto Rico crashed onto the road at a busy intersection of Georgia’s Highway 21
The five people on board the plane at the time crash are believed to have died in the crash
9 crew members who perished in National Grads crashed C-130.jpg The crew of nine from Puerto Rico’s National Guard who perished when the Hercules C-130 crashed in Savannah, Ga Wednesday  have been identified as pilot Jose Rafael Roman [left, sitting on the right gesturing at the camera] and, [clockwise from top right], flight engineer Mario Braña; crewmembers Roberto Espada Gali and Victor ‘Vitín’ Colon; loadmaster Erick Circuns; mechanic Jan Paravisini; and co-pilot David ‘Lanita’ Albandoz.

The Puerto Rico’s National Guard’s men, dead have been identified as pilot Jose Rafael Roman : flight engineer Mario Braña; crewmembers Roberto Espada Gali and Victor ‘Vitín’ Colon; loadmaster Erick Circuns; mechanic Jan Paravisini; and co-pilot David ‘Lanita’ Albandoz.
The ageing aircraft, reportedly part of the fleet that assisted with relief efforts after Hurricane Irma, was being flown for retirement in Arizona when it nosedived into Highway 21 in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday close to noon.
The military cargo plane crashed onto a road intersection in Savannah, Georgia, killing the nine people on board. All nine were Puerto Rico residents.
The C-130 Hercules cargo plane which belongs to the 156th Airlift Wing out of Puerto Rico which is stationed at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, in Carolina, crashed around 11.30am. Wednesday at the intersection of two roads near the airport.
According to Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons, with the National Air Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing, the plane had taken off from the Savannah airport on a training mission.

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National Guard cargo plane from Puerto Rico crashed in Savannah, Georgia, on Tuesday morning during a training mission, killing all five people on board.

A National Guard cargo plane from Puerto Rico crashed in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday close to noon, during a training mission, killing all five people on board
Of the nine people aboard,  five are dead and four are missing after a military cargo plane crashed onto a road intersection in Savannah, Georgia. All five were Puerto Rico residents.
The C-130 Hercules cargo plane which belongs to the 156th Airlift Wing out of Puerto Rico which is stationed at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, in Carolina, crashed around 11.30am. Wednesday at the intersection of two roads near the airport.
According to Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons, with the National Air Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing, the plane had taken off from the Savannah airport on a training mission.

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Debris litter the road after an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed Wednesday on the side of the road near an airport in Savannah, Georgia

‘While performing a training mission, an U.S. C-130 Hercules cargo plane from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed about 11:30 a.m. today near the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport with 5 people on board,’ the National Guard said in a statement.
‘Personnel are on the scene responding. A board of officers will investigate the accident.’
Later, Georgia’s National Guard spokesman confirmed the early death toll.
The plane crashed at the intersection of Georgia 21 and Crossgate Rd. The crash site is 15 miles from Savannah’s airport.
A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association shows the tail end of a plane and a field of flames and black smoke as an ambulance stands nearby.

National Guard cargo plane from Puerto Rico crashed in Savannah, Ga 3Plumes of black smoke billowed marked the crash site, Tuesday afternoon
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The National Guard plane that crashed in Georgia today was a similar Lockheed C-130 Hercules which is a four-engine turboprop military plane

The plane was from Air Lift 156 Wing – Bucaneros – 1,200 bilingual National Guards unit which is stationed at Muniz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport said on social media that some flights were being affected though the crash happened off its property.
The airport advised passengers to check with their airline for updated flight information.

National Guard cargo plane from Puerto Rico crashed in Savannah, Ga 4Evidence of the disaster is seen as smoke rises in the distance where an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed, around mid-day Wednesday

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