A WC-130 Hercules military cargo plane crashed and burst into flames Wednesday shortly after takeoff at a Georgia airport, killing all five people aboard, the Georgia Air National Guard said.
The Puerto Rico Air National Guard plane crashed just before 11:30 a.m., shortly after takeoff from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, the Savannah Air National Guard said. The plane was bound for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and on a training mission when it went down.
Photos from the ground showed a section of the plane engulfed by fire and thick black smoke billowing to the sky. Only the tail section of the aircraft was intact.
Gina Bilbo, spokesperson for the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that “as far as we know there were no cars hit in this crash.” She added, “it is an absolute miracle.”
Firefighters put out the blaze but were still using a mixture of water and foam to take care of any remaining hot spots.
It’s unclear exactly what caused the crash. The Savannah Air National Guard said a board of officers will investigate the incide
There has been a plane crash at the intersection of Hwy 21 at Crossgate Rd. Roads will be shut down. Please avoid the area.
— Chatham EMA (@ChathamEMA) May 2, 2018