May 2 (UPI) — Two people were killed Wednesday when a U.S. military cargo plane crashed in eastern Georgia, a few miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
The Chatham County Coroner’s Office reported the deaths Wednesday afternoon.
A statement by the Savannah Air National Guard said the plane was carrying 5 crew members.
The 165th Airlift Wing said the C-130 “Hercules” — from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard — crashed about 11:30 a.m. EDT, and shut down roadways off Highway 21, according to airport spokeswoman Candace Carpenter.
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.”