The pilot of the C-130 that crashed shortly after takeoff yesterday just outside Savannah, GA has been identified as Maj. Jose Rafael Roman, from the coastal town of Manati along Puerto Rico's north coast.
The mayor of that town, Jose Sanchez, told The Associated Press that Roman had two sons and his wife is five months pregnant with a girl.
C-130 Crash Witness Don describes seeing the pilot struggle as the plane goes down:
FOX 28 Engineer Pat Picone describes crash scene the morning after:
Former long-time C-130 Crew Chief Charlie Howell talks about what may have happened:
I have been briefed on the U.S. C-130 “Hercules” cargo plane from the Puerto Rico National Guard that crashed near Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Please join me in thoughts and prayers for the victims, their families and the great men and women of the National Guard.
U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, comments on the Air National Guard plane crash in Savannah:
“News of today’s plane crash in Savannah is devastating. There are no words for the victims’ families and our military community as they mourn the lives of their loved ones. Thank you to all of the first responders who were on the scene immediately. We can never forget the sacrifices our women and men in uniform make to provide for our national security.”
It is heartbreaking to hear the tragic news in the First District today involving brave servicemembers. Amy and I send our prayers to those involved in the C-130 crash near the Sav Airport and the first responders who rushed to the scene. As we learn more, we are ready to help.