A Puerto Rico Air National Guard plane, a C-130-type cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off in Georgia, Savanna on Wednesday, killing all nine crews on board.
The plane, was from Puerto Rico’s 156th Airlift Wing and had been had been in Savannah for maintenance taking off on wednesday at about 11:30 a.m. heading towards it’s final destination Arizona where it was to be decommissioned from service.
The WC-130 is a variant of the C-130,Produced continuously since 1954, the C-130 is a reliable and versatile aircraft with several iterations, and according to an official who was familiar with the aircraft said the plane was at least 50 years old.
The WC-130 that crashed was used during Hurricane Maria for relief efforts, the Puerto Rico National Guard said. The plane also was used during Hurricane Irma to rescue US citizens from the British Virgin Islands. “The planes we have in Puerto Rico, it’s not news today that they are the oldest planes on inventory” among all National Guard planes nationwide and they often face delays in getting spare parts shipped to the island , they added.
The plane made it only about a mile from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport before it nose-dived behind trees, towards a state highway intersection and exploded into a ball of fire and thick black smoke, which could be seen across the northern suburbs of the city.
The revealing cause of the WC-130 has not yet been identified, but it is good to know that the U.S Military has launched it’s investigations into the crash and the investigators have given their words on it ‘that every resource at their disposal would be used.