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:
— Scott Cohen (@scottoftroy) May 2, 2018
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.
While performing a training mission, an U.S. C-130 “Hercules” cargo plane from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed about 11:30 a.m. today near the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport with 5 people on board. (1/2)
— National Guard (@USNationalGuard) May 2, 2018
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.”
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.
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) May 2, 2018
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.
The Latest: A deputy corner says two people were killed in the crash of a military cargo plane near an airport in Savannah, Georgia. https://t.co/mxdae6vXNn
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 2, 2018
— KRGV CHANNEL 5 NEWS (@krgv) May 2, 2018
It’s unclear what caused the crash.
Military c130 down at 21 and Gulfstream Rd. Avoid the area. 21 shut down until further notice. pic.twitter.com/6hUqwmkNUu
— IAFF574 Savannah (@IAFF574) May 2, 2018
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:
Taken at 11:30 AM from Tanger Outlets in Pooler. C-130 plane crash near Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Still seeing passenger planes landing so not sure if any impact on general aviation. @WJCLNews @WSAV @SavannahNow @WTOC11 @ChathamEMA pic.twitter.com/GAnFxbJsh2
— Minh Phan (@WXMinh) May 2, 2018
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.
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
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.
We are working reports of C-130 crash in Savannah; hearing it was attached to Georgia @NationalGuard but no confirmation yet. My heart goes out to the families, pilots and crew.
— Tara Copp (@TaraCopp) May 2, 2018
No other details were available at this time.