9 dead after United States military plane crash in Georgia

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Military cargo plane crashed near Georgia on Wednesday morning at 11:30 am and claimed nine people lives, who were onboard. There were five people reportedly on board.

The plane is a cargo C-130 "Hercules", which belongs to Puerto Rico's National Guard.

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. General Rivera said that the National Guard had not yet made official notifications to family members, but the relatives had been learning about the crash on their own.

The aircraft had been in use for more than 6 decades, and was making its final flight before being retired. A formal investigation into the cause of the crash will take months. Rivera said the plane last received maintenance at the military base in Savannah in April.

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

The C-130 crashed near Highway 21 - which has been closed by emergency services.

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The crash site is a busy road near Savannah's airport, Kiley reports.

US President Donald Trump later tweeted he had been briefed on the incident and offered his condolences to the families of the victims. He declined to confirm the names or number of victims until their families have been notified.

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport said on social media that some flights were being affected though the crash happened off its property.

Tiffany Williams, deputy coroner of the Chatham County Coroner's Office, said by telephone that two people were confirmed killed. AMARG, also known as "The Boneyard", is an Arizona facility where the military keeps thousands of aircraft as well as spacecraft.

The 156th Airlift Wing in Puerto Rico is home to the Bucaneros- 1,200 National Guardsmen and women are bilingual.

It was not immediately clear whether there were any injuries or fatalities. The only part still intact was the tail section, said Chris Hanks, a spokesman for the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association.