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UPDATE: At least 5 killed in military cargo plane crash

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SAVANNAH, GA (AP/WVVA) -President Donald Trump says he is sending his thoughts and prayers to the victims of a military cargo plane crash in Georgia that killed at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico.

Trump tweeted Wednesday: "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."

The Air National Guard C-130 plane crashed earlier Wednesday onto a busy highway after taking off from the airport.

Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons of the Georgia Air National Guard says the cause of the crash isn't yet clear.


SAVANNAH, GA (AP/WVVA) --   A spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard says authorities don't yet know what caused a military cargo plane to crash after taking off from a Savannah, Georgia, airport, killing at least five.

Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons told reporters authorities are still working to make the crash site safe for investigators to come in.

The C-130 cargo plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico. It crashed around 11:30 a.m. near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

"The Governor and I extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the victims and family members of those involved in the Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 crash today in Georgia," said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard. "The National Guard is an organization dedicated to supporting one another in times of need and our hearts go out to the 156th Airlift Wing, the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, and the first responders who are continuing to facilitate rescue and response operations. The C-130 community is strong and resilient and we are thankful for the brave men and women who take flight each and every day, protecting America and preserving our freedom at home and abroad."


SAVANNAH, GA (AP) --   A spokesman for the Puerto Rico National Guard says the military cargo plane that crashed outside Savannah, Georgia, was on its way to Arizona.

 At least five people were killed in the Wednesday crash. Maj. Paul Dahlen says it's a sad day for Puerto Rico's National Guard.

 The C-130 cargo plane crashed around 11:30 a.m. near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.


SAVANNAH, GA (AP) -- 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.

Williams said she didn't have any other details on the deaths Wednesday.

The Air Force says the plane was an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico. The 165th Air Wing out of Savannah was responding to the crash.


SAVANNAH, GA (AP) -- The Air Force says an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Savannah, Georgia.

In a tweet, the Chatham County Emergency Management Agency says the plane crashed Wednesday at the intersection of two roads.

The Savannah Morning News reports the plane was from the Air National Guard 165th Airlift Wing. It crashed around 11:30 a.m.

 The county deputy coroner says two people were killed

A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association shows the tail end of a plane and a field of flames and black smoke along the side of a road as an ambulance stands nearby.


SAVANNAH, GA (AP) -- The Air Force says a National Guard cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Savannah, Georgia.

In a tweet, the Chatham County Emergency Management Agency says the plane crashed Wednesday at the intersection of two roads.

The Savannah Morning News reports the C-130 plane was from the Air National Guard 165th Airlift Wing. It crashed around 11:30 a.m.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

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