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C-130 military plane crashes in Savannah, GA – 9 believed dead

A C-130 crashed in Savannah on May 2, 2018. (Savannah Professional Firefighters Association)
May 02, 2018
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This article has been frequently updated to reflect new information.

A military C-130 Hercules transport plane from the Puerto Rico National Guard crashed Wednesday near a Savannah airport while performing a training mission.

ABC News reported that five people are dead, and that there were nine people on board, according to Georgia Air National Guard Captain Jeffrey Bezore. It was later reported that all nine people who were on board are believed to be dead.

The Associated Press had initially reported that at least two people are dead after the crash, citing the county deputy coroner.

A new photo from the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association was posted online showing the aftermath and clean-up of the scene.

Scene of the C-130 crash. (Savannah Professional Firefighters Association)

There were five people on board the plane, which crashed and burst into flames, officials told Fox News.

The status of all five people was unknown at this time.

It’s unclear what caused the crash.

The aircraft was from the Air National Guard and crashed near the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. It was headed for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona when it crashed at the intersection of Highway 21 at Crossgate Road.

An image of the crash posted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association showed an aircraft on the ground in flames.

One Twitter user posted what appears to be an image of the crash, and a huge cloud of black smoke can be seen.

This was another view of the crash posted on Twitter:

Emergency crews were on the scene.

The Chatham Emergency Management Agency in Savannah told people to avoid the area, as roads have been shut down.

A Pentagon reporter for Military Times posted to Twitter that she was working to confirm if the C-130 was attached to the Georgian National Guard or not.

No other details were available at this time.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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