On Its Final Flight, US National Guards Plane Crashes On A Highway

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The Savannah airport said on Twitter that it was "assisting local agencies with an aircraft incident off property".

Bilbo said the area surrounding the crash would be closed for the foreseeable future. The debris field stretched 600 feet (183 meters) in diameter, Bilbo said.

Chatham County Deputy Coroner Tiffany Williams says police tell her two people have been killed in the crash of a military cargo plane near an airport in Savannah, Georgia.

"Right when it came over a set of trees there, I saw it do a roll upside down", Jimmy Livingston said.

An eyewitness told WAVY sister station WSAV the plane "flipped on it's back and went down to the ground".

We're told the investigation could take weeks.

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"We are saddened by the plane accident that occurred today in Georgia", Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said in a tweet.

Rivero said in a Wednesday evening press conference that the C-130 has been used in the past to rescue USA citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and to ferry supplies to the territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria previous year. They regularly fly into the eye of hurricanes to collect data that the National Weather Service uses to predict the storms' paths and strength.

The plane carried out a training flight, added the National Radio.

Puerto Rico's governor sent his condolences. "They will receive our support and that of the National Guard of Puerto Rico in this process".

Later, Georgia's National Guard spokesman confirmed the early death toll.

Dahlan declined to comment on the number of casualties but said that the images of the crash appeared to "speak for themselves". It was heading to Arizona from Savannah.

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"The names of the crew members have been reserved until their relatives are notified".

"We don't expect any survivors", the official said.

Local media quoted the Federal Aviation Administration as saying that the plane, carrying five, was bound for an air base in Arizona. He said the CW-130 was headed there for retirement.

For his part, the assistant general of the GNPR commented that "on behalf of the great family of the National Guard of Puerto Rico I want to indicate that our prayers are with the families and loved ones of the crew members".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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