A C-130 Hercules military transport plane carrying five people crashed and burst into flames Wednesday just after taking off from a Georgia airport, officials said.
The status of the five people aboard the plane wasn’t immediately clear.
The National Guard cargo plane bound for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona went down around 11:30 a.m. near Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Air Force officials confirmed.
The wreckage was seen at the intersection of Highway 21 and Crossgate Road, officials said.
“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 tweeted.
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
The plane belonged to the Air National Guard 156th Airlift Wing based in Puerto Rico, Air Force officials told Military.com reporter Oriana Pawlyk.
CONFIRMED: the aircraft belongs to the 156th Airlift Wing out of Puerto Rico. Air Force officials cannot confirm casualties at this time https://t.co/5UfTjLnQCR
— Oriana Pawlyk (@Oriana0214) May 2, 2018
Photos from the ground showed a section of the plane engulfed by fire and thick black smoke billowing to the sky.
It’s unclear exactly what caused the crash.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport said flights were being impacted by the plane crash and urged fliers to check with airlines regarding their flights.
— Meredith Parker (@MeredithWTOC) May 2, 2018
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