Nine people were killed after an aging C-130 Hercules aircraft crashed in Georgia on Wednesday. As per reports, the military cargo plane came down beside a highway intersection near the coastal city of Savannah.
The 60-year-old aircraft which was used to rescue US citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and ferry supplies to the US territory of Peurto Rico after Hurricane Maria last year, was on its final flight to Arizona before crashing down.
Officials at first said five crew members were killed, but it was later confirmed that four additional passengers were also onboard at the time of crash.
We've confirmed nine people, consisting of five crew members and four additional passengers", said Peurto Rico National Guard spokesman, Major Paull Dahlen. He said that the four others were also members of the military.
An investigation to the incident is underway.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump tweeted that he has been briefed on the incident and offered his condolences to the family members of the victims.
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2018