Military plane with 9 aboard crashes in Georgia, survivors unlikely

Military plane with 9 aboard crashes in Georgia, survivors unlikely

Photographs on Twitter showed the charred wreckage of a plane engulfed in flames and billowing black smoke.

The only part of the plane that remained intact was the tail section, said Chris Hanks, the assistant public information officer with the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association.

Senior Master Sergeant Roger Parsons, an Air Force spokesperson, said at a news conference that the cause of the crash was under investigation. General Rivera said that the National Guard had not yet made official notifications to family members, but the relatives had been learning about the crash on their own. "They will receive our support and that of the National Guard of Puerto Rico in this process".

As told the press-Secretary of the air units of the national guard of the United States in Georgia, on Board the aircraft were at least 5 people and all were killed.

Savannah's Air National Guard base has been heavily involved in hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

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President Donald Trump tweeted: "Please join me in thoughts and prayers for the victims, their families and the great men and women of the National Guard". "We just don't know".

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The Hercules C-130J aircraft went down about 11:30 a.m., shortly after takeoff from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, about 175 miles southeast of Atlanta, officials said.

The names of the missing will not be released until next of kin are notified.

It was flying from the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia to Tucson, Arizona, where it was to be decommissioned. Paul Dahlen says it's a sad day for Puerto Rico's National Guard. Two such planes were deployed by the 156th Airlift Wing last September to help rescue more than 1,000 Americans from Caribbean islands during Hurricane Irma, according to the Air National Guard. NBC affiliate WSAV is reporting that two people have been killed in the crash, however this has not been officially confirmed. A spokesperson from the airport said that although the crash didn't happen on airport property, the "ground shook like a bomb was going off" nonetheless.

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