Nine Dead after Military Plane Comes Down in Georgia

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(From BBC News)

Everyone on board the C-130 plane was killed when it came down beside a highway near an airport in Savannah.

It belonged to Puerto Rico Air National Guard and was on its last flight as it was on route to be de-commissioned, the National Guard said.

Images shared on social media showed wreckage engulfed in flames and black smoke spewing into the sky.

“Nine crew members died in the accident, but until their families and relatives are notified we cannot give their names,” Puerto Rico National Guard spokesman Brig Gen Isabelo Rivera said in a statement.

He said the plane was on its way from Savannah to Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday to be placed in a strategic reserve holding area, as it was one of the oldest in the Guard’s inventory.

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