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5 crew members killed in Air National Guard C-130 crash in Georgia

All five people onboard a U.S. military cargo plane were killed Wednesday when it crashed a few miles from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in eastern Georgia.

A Georgia Air National Guard spokesman announced the five deaths occurred after the C-130 aircraft crashed at 11:28 a.m. EDT on Highway 21 in Port Wentworth shortly after taking off during a training mission.

The 165th Airlift Wing said the C-130 "Hercules" -- from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard -- crashed and shut down roadways off Highway 21, according to airport spokeswoman Candace Carpenter.

Puerto Rico National Guard officials said the plane was heading to Arizona for a routine mission.

"While we are waiting for more information regarding this unfortunate accident, my thoughts and those of Beatriz are with the families of the crew," said Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. "They will receive our support and that of the National Guard of Puerto Rico in this process."

A tweet from the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association showed the tail section of the crashed plane and advised people to stay away from the area.

"It was horrible," witness Denver Goodwin told CNN. "The ground shook like a bomb was going off. All the people in the building started panicking. It was absolutely horrible."
By Susan McFarland and Daniel Uria

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