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National Guard Plane Active in Hurricane Relief Crashes Near Savannah, GA

2 May 2018, 4:20 pm

An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed about a mile from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia around 11:30 Wednesday morning. The plane managed to miss people on the ground as it hit busy State Highway 21, but sadly, at least five National Guard members aboard from Puerto Rico were killed.

The plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico. Its crew was flying from Savannah to Arizona on a mission. The Savannah Air National Guard base was designated in September of 2017 as the hub of operations to the island in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. The 156th used its C-130 aircraft to evacuate US citizens from St. Maarten the same month.

In a tweet, the Governor of Puerto Rico said, “While we are waiting for more information regarding this unfortunate accident, my thoughts and those of Beatrice are with the families of the crew. You will receive our support and that of the National Guard of Puerto Rico in this process.”