USAF C-130 Hercules crashes near Army airfield in Georgia

(IAFF574 Savannah)

Update:  Two of the five personnel aboard the aircraft have reportedly died.

A C-130 Air National Guard military transport plane crashed Wednesday outside of an Army airport.

The military transport plane went down between Highway 21 and Crossgate Road, near Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, which is 15 miles from Hunter Army Airfield.

(Chatham EMS Chief Chuck Kearns)

Initial reports and photos show the plane engulfed by flames and thick black smoke.  Based on the aircraft’s markings, it appears to be assigned to the 156th Airlift Wing of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, based at Muñiz Air National Guard Base.

(Chatham EMS Chief Chuck Kearns)

It is not clear what caused the crash.

(Chatham EMS Chief Chuck Kearns)

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was bound for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. C-130 aircraft are regularly used by the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 1st Ranger Battalion, which is stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, and the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as new information is released. 

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