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Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia airport official says

WATCH LIVE | Military plane crashes near Savannah Official: Military plane crashes in Georgia
Charlie Simmons | 03 May, 2018, 16:01

All nine people on board an aging U.S. cargo plane have been killed when the aircraft making its final military flight nose-dived into a highway in the USA state of Georgia, an official said.

Nine people are feared dead after a military cargo plane crashed in the USA state of Georgia, the BBC reports.

The crash occurred a few miles away from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, off state Highway 21, airport spokeswoman Candace Carpenter said.

The four-engine plane sent up a cloud of black smoke, with a tail wing coming to rest on a median, television images showed.

The Air Force says an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Savannah, Georgia. Meanwhile, the local official said no apparent survivors.

"The planes that we have in Puerto Rico - it's not news today that they are the oldest planes on inventory" among all National Guard planes nationwide, and they often face delays in getting spare parts shipped to the island, he said.

Bezore of the Georgia Air National Guard told ABC News that nine total people were on the plane that crashed. The plane last received maintenance at the base in Savannah in April.

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The Chatham Emergency Management Agency tweeted that a plane crashed at the intersection of two roads.

Dahlen said the plane was probably more than 50 years old and was headed to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance Regeneration Group at Davis Monthan Air Force Base - also known as a boneyard for old planes.

The 156th Airlift Wing in Puerto Rico is home to the Bucaneros- 1,200 National Guardsmen and women are bilingual.

The US territory's Governor Ricardo Rossello expressed his sadness, tweeting that "our prayers are with the families of the Puerto Rican crew".

She says workers initially thought something had exploded out back of their building but adds, "we saw black smoke just billowing with flames shooting up". "The aeroplane just took off and quickly fell", said Brig.

The crash was at least the fifth deadly accident involving a United States military aircraft since early April and the first of a U.S. military C-130 since July, when 16 service members were killed in a MS crash. It was so low when it passed over that it rumbled the ground beneath his rig, he said. NBC affiliate WSAV is reporting that two people have been killed in the crash, however this has not been officially confirmed.

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