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UPDATE: Official: No Apparent Survivors In Military Plane Crash

A local official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said there are no apparent survivors

THE LATEST on a military cargo plane crash in Georgia (all times local):

Crashed plane was on last flight into retirement

6:45 p.m.

Isabelo Rivera, adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, says the cargo plane that crashed in Georgia was more than 60 years old and was making its final flight into retirement in Arizona.

He says the C-130 plane had been used in the past to rescue U.S. citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and ferry supplies to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria last year.

He told a news conference Wednesday in Puerto Rico that the island Guard force has five other similar planes, two of which are not in use because they require maintenance.

Authorities say it’s too early to say what might have caused Wednesday’s crash on a highway on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia.

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6:15 p.m.

Puerto Rican authorities said there were nine people aboard the cargo plane that crashed outside the Savannah, Georgia, airport. A local official said there were apparently no survivors.

The Air Force said the Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico. The top official of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, Adjutant Gen. Isabelo Rivera, said nine were confirmed aboard.

A local official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said there are no apparent survivors. The official spoke on condition of not being identified, saying he wasn’t authorized to release the death toll.

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4:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump said 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.”

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4:10 p.m.

Denise Barnes was at her desk working at a construction firm when she heard a boom so loud it shook the building.

She said workers initially thought something had exploded out back of their building but adds, “we saw black smoke just billowing with flames shooting up.”

A co-worker told Barnes he had seen something fall from the sky. Barnes frantically called 911.

An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed Wednesday onto a busy highway after taking off from an airport. At least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico were killed.

Barnes said the crash was hundreds of yards (meters) from her but flames were so intense “you could feel a little bit of heat coming off of it.”

Mark Jones was nearby when he said he saw the plane low in the air. He said “it almost looked like it stalled and just went almost flat right there in the middle of the highway.”

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3:50 p.m.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and the top official in the Puerto Rico National Guard are expressing their sorrow following the crash of an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane in Georgia.

Rossello and Adjutant Gen. Isabelo Rivera said Wednesday afternoon that their prayers are with the families of those who were on the plane. They say they are awaiting more information about the deadly crash and have pledged their full support to the families of the crew and passengers.

The plane crashed about 11:30 a.m. shortly after taking off from Savannah, Georgia. The plane was bound for Arizona.

The governor’s statement said the names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of their families.

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3:35 p.m.

A spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard said 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.

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2:20 p.m.

A spokesman for the Puerto Rico National Guard said 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 said 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.

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1:50 p.m.

A Georgia Air National Guard spokesman said at least five people have died in a military plane crash near the Savannah, Georgia, airport.

Capt. Jeff Bezore of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Air Wing said he couldn’t say how many people in total were on the plane that crashed Wednesday around 11:30 a.m.

The Air Force said the plane was an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico.

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1:15 p.m.

Chatham County Deputy Coroner Tiffany Williams said 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 said 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.

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The Air Force said 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 said 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.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

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.

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