UPDATE: Reports say all five people on the plane have been killed. They have not yet been identified.
A military transport plane went down near the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport in Georgia this morning. At least two are dead in the fiery crash that shut down a nearby highway. Video from the crash scene is included below.
The country coroner’s office has confirmed that two individuals on the plane are dead. Five people were on the National Guard plane, which was bound for Arizona.
Video and photos from the scene appear to show the plane is right beside the highway, impeding traffic.
It is unclear what the status is of the other three individuals on the plane.
A C-130 Hercules military transport plane carrying five people crashed and burst into flames Wednesday just after taking off from a Georgia airport, officials said.
The National Guard cargo plane bound for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona went down around 11:30 a.m. near Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Air Force officials confirmed to Fox News. The wreckage was seen at the intersection of Highway 21 and Crossgate Road, officials said.
“There has been a plane crash at the intersection of Hwy 21 at Crossgate Rd. Roads will be shut down. Please avoid the area,” Chatham EMA tweeted.
There has been a plane crash at the intersection of Hwy 21 at Crossgate Rd. Roads will be shut down. Please avoid the area.
— Chatham EMA (@ChathamEMA) May 2, 2018
The plane was from the Puerto Rico National Guard, the Georgia National Guard said.
Photos from the ground showed a section of the plane engulfed by fire and thick black smoke billowing to the sky.
It’s unclear exactly what caused the crash.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport said flights were being impacted by the plane crash and urged fliers to check with airlines regarding their flights.
A C-130 Hercules is used by the Air Force and Air National Guard and designed to transport troops and equipment in combat zones. The planes usually accommodate three to five people.
Here is video from the scene.
This video, from a witness’ cell phone, shows a second angle to the crash.