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Surveillance footage shows C-130 military plane crash near Savannah

Surveillance footage of the C-130 crash in Georgia on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (Scott Cohen/Twitter)
May 02, 2018

Surveillance footage from a local business caught the horrifying moment a Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 Hercules transport plane nosedived and crashed near Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday.

It was reported that nine people were on board at the time, and all are believed to be dead.

Scott Cohen posted the footage to Twitter and said: “Prayers go out to the families of all on board the plane that crashed in Garden City today. Captured from my business’ surveillance cameras.”

This is the footage:

The military C-130 Hercules transport plane from the Puerto Rico National Guard crashed Wednesday near the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport while performing a training mission.

The Air Force posted a statement: “We are saddened by the tragic news of an Air National Guard C-130 crash earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and Airmen close to those affected by this event.”

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 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)

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.

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.