A spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard said Wednesday the crash of a C-130 near Savannah was deadly, but no details are being given out until investigators have more information about who was on the plane.
“There were airmen on the plane who were deceased, but we’re not giving out any numbers at this time,” Master Sgt. Roger Parsons of the guard said.
Emergency crews are responding to a military cargo plane crash Wednesday in Savannah, Georgia, said a spokeswoman for the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
The US Air Force confirmed that an Air National Guard C-130 crashed in the area.
The crash did not occur at the airport but a few miles away, off state Highway 21, airport spokeswoman Candace Carpenter said. Smoke was visible from the airport.
“It was horrible,” said Denver Goodwin, who works at a wrecker service down the street from the crash. “The ground shook like a bomb was going off. All the people in the building started panicking. It was absolutely horrible.”
Video from CNN affiliate WSAV shows thick black smoke and flames billowing from what appears to be a green hangar or warehouse.
Minh Phan was at an outlet mall in Pooler, Georgia, a few miles away when he captured an image of smoke rising over the tree line.
A tweet from the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association showed the tail of the plane emerging from black smoke and fire. Highway 21 has been shut down, the union said.