A Lockheed C-130 Hercules military plane has crashed on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia, killing two people. Photos shared on social media show a black column of smoke billowing from the wreckage.
Emergency responders are at the scene near Gulfstream Road and Highway 21 in Port Wentworth. Eyewitnesses told local news station WTOC that they saw the crash.
Two people have died in the crash, according to local authorities. Chatham County Deputy Coroner Tiffany Williams says police informed her of the deaths, the AP reports. The National Guard has confirmed that five people were on board when the plane crashed, according to NBC affiliate WSAV.
The Savannah Professional Firefighters Association identified the aircraft as a C-130 Hercules military airplane.
The incident took place close to Savannah airport and approximately 10 miles from Hunter Army Airfield. The plane reportedly belonged to the US Air Force’s Air National Guard 165th Airlift Wing, which is based in Savannah. Roads in the surrounding area have been closed and there are significant delays to flights at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine military transport aircraft which has been in production since the 1950s.
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