Military transport plane crashes in Chatham County, GA

Military transport plane crashes in Chatham County, GA

The plane was in the air for about two miles before it crashed into a field about a quarter mile from a busy highway.

Boone also said the US military has launched its investigation into the crash, and said investigators will "use every resource at our disposal to identify a cause".

Denise Barnes was at her desk working at a construction firm when she heard a boom so loud it shook the building.

The local emergency management agency told drivers to avoid the area of the crash. Barnes frantically called 911.

The C-130, capable of carrying more than 90 passengers, was seen plummeting from the sky. It was used to rescue USA citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and ferry supplies to the US territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria past year. "I wasn't that far from it and I could have just kept going and it would have been me and we wouldn't be talking right now", Mr Jones said.

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.

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At least five were confirmed dead, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity, adding that the number of fatalities could rise.

In a tweet, US President Donald Trump said he was monitoring the situation.

The plane had been in Savannah for "a number of days" undergoing routine maintenance, said Maj. The plane was bound for Arizona.

One Instagram user, pilotgabe, posted a picture of the scene from the Hilton Head International Airport. A spokesman for the Guard said there were nine people on the WC-130 cargo plane that went down Wednesday near Savannah. Five people were on board.

"It was basically its last flight", Dahlen said.

Military cargo plane crashed near Georgia on Wednesday morning at 11:30 am and claimed nine people lives, who were onboard. A witness, Michael Garrett, told WSAV-TV the plane was upside down before it crashed.

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He said the four others were also members of the military.

Rivero said in a Wednesday evening press conference that the C-130 has been used in the past to rescue US citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and to ferry supplies to the territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria a year ago. The 165th Air Wing out of Savannah was responding to the crash.

The plane experienced an nearly free fall before crashing on a busy highway in the Savannah area of Georgia near the Hilton Head International Airport. The aircraft plunged into an intersection of two roads.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

The four-engine plane sent up a cloud of black smoke, with a tail wing coming to rest on a median, television images showed.

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