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The nine Airmen killed in C-130 crash near Savannah have been identified

American and Puerto Rican flags. (Wikimedia Commons)
May 03, 2018

The Puerto Rico National Guard has identified the nine Airmen who were killed Thursday when a C-130 Hercules transport plane nosedived and crashed near Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday.

Those killed are:

  • Maj. José R. Román Rosado, a pilot from Manati, Puerto Rico;
  • Maj. Carlos Pérez Serra, a navigator from Canóvanas, Puerto Rico;
  • 1st Lt. David Albandoz, a pilot from Puerto Rico who recently resided in Madison, Alabama;
  • Senior Master Sgt. Jan Paravisini, a mechanic from Canóvanas, Puerto Rico;
  • Master Sgt. Jean Audriffred from Carolina, Puerto Rico;
  • Master Sgt. Mario Braña, a flight engineer from Bayamón, Puerto Rico;
  • Master Sgt. Víctor Colón from Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico;
  • Master Sgt. Eric Circuns, a loadmaster from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; and,
  • Senior Airman Roberto Espada from Salinas, Puerto Rico.

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

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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 at this time.

The aircraft was headed for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona when it crashed at the intersection of Highway 21 at Crossgate Road.

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

A C-130 crashed in Savannah on May 2, 2018. (Savannah Professional Firefighters Association)

Surveillance footage from a local business caught the horrifying moment the plane nosedived and crashed.

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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: