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9 dead after 60-year-old military cargo plane crashes near Georgia

Nine people were feared dead after a military cargo plane crashed in the US state of Georgia on Wednesday.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Port Wentworth [ Published on: May 03, 2018 12:14 IST ]
Nine dead as C-130  Hercules aircraft crashes near US
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Nine dead as C-130  Hercules aircraft crashes near US State of Georgia

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.

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