5/2/2018 @ 2:30pm PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) -
Officials confirm that 5 people have died after a military plane crashed on GA-21 at Gulfstream Road in Port Wentworth. Officials say noone on the ground was hurt.
According to a news release from the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah, the C-130 Hercules cargo plane from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed at about 11:30 a.m. while performing a training mission.
Highway 21 is completely shut down near Gulfstream Road. Traffic is severely affected on nearby roads as well. Please avoid the area if possible.
From FOXNews.com: The county deputy coroner told The Associated Press two people were killed when the Puerto Rico National Guard plane crashed around 11:30 a.m., shortly after takeoff from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
The National Guard plane was bound for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona when it went down, Air Force officials confirmed to Fox News. The wreckage was seen at the intersection of Highway 21 and Crossgate Road, officials said.
James Lavine on Facebook went live with this:
"I watch this C130 leaving the airport!! Going over portwentworth it was banking to the left when it began to stall then the plan free fell crashing into highway 21.. my car was 25 yards away when it crashed I slammed on brakes got out and ran towards the crash site to see if there were any survivors I yelled can anyone hear me but I didn’t see nor hear anything! Emergency vehicles arrived and made me leave! This has got to be the worse thing I have ever witnessed! Prayers to these fallen troops!"