Air National Guard's 156th Airlift Wing C-130 Military Plane Crash

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Nine people died in a military plane crash in Savannah, Georgia, on May 2, 2018. Reports indicate that all nine people were onboard the C-130 cargo plane from Puerto Rico when it went down a few miles away from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

The Georgia military plane crash victims have been identified as:

  • Maj. Jose R. Roman Rosado of Manati, Puerto Rico. Maj. Rosado was the pilot of the ill-fated flight. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.
  • 1st Lt. David Albandoz of Puerto Rico. 1st Lt. Albandoz, the plane's co-pilot, had recently been living in Alabama. He had a wife and daughter.
  • Maj. Carlos Perez Serra of Canovanas, Puerto Rico. Maj. Serra was the flight's navigator. He had a wife, two sons and a daughter.
  • Senior Master Sgt. Jan Paravisini of Canovanas, Puerto Rico. Senior Master Sgt. Paravisini had two daughters and son and was a mechanic in the Guard.
  • Master Sgt. Jean Audriffred of Carolina, Puerto Rico. He had a wife and two sons.
  • Master Sgt. Mario Brana of Bayamon, Puerto Rico was a flight engineer. He leaves behind a daughter.
  • Master Sgt. Eric Circuns of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Master Sgt. Circuns was a loadmaster. He had a wife, two stepdaughters and son.
  • Master Sgt. Victor Colon of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. He had a wife and two daughters.
  • Senior Airman Roberto Espada of Salinas, Puerto Rico is survived by his grandmother.

There have been numerous fatal military plane crashes on U.S. soil and abroad in recent years, a reminder that the brave men and women who protect our country are at risk of serious injury and even death.

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C-130 "Hercules" Military Cargo Plane that Crashed was from Puerto Rico

The C-130 plane crashed at around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2. According to a statement from the 165th Airlift Wing, the "Hercules" cargo plane was conducting a training mission when it went down along Highway 21 in Savannah. The aircraft itself belonged to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and was part of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard's 156th Airlift Wing.

The initial statement from the 165th Airlift Wing noted five people were on board, but reports released since indicate nine people were on the plane. Meanwhile, a statement from Garden City Police reported that the plane crashed at Highway 21 and Gulfstream Road.

Highway 21 in Port Wentworth at Gulfstream Road was shut down following the crash and could remain that way for weeks. A train track that runs near the highway suffered some impact, though the extent of the damage is not clear. Air traffic at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport was also affected by the crash.

A statement from Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the plane crashed shortly after it took off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on its way to Arizona. Puerto Rico National Guard spokesperson Maj. Paul Dahlen noted that the victims were from Puerto Rico on a mission in the U.S. Maj. Dahlen said it was a sad day for the National Guard and offered his thoughts and prayers to the families involved.

Plane's Pilot Narrowly Averted Even Larger Disaster in Georgia Military Plane Crash

One witness who contacted CNN on Facebook told the news station that the pilot appeared to purposely avoid hitting any buildings people as the plane came down. Roger Best, who works at a Boasso America depot near the crash site, said his company deals with dangerous materials and an even bigger disaster could have happened if the plane had hit the facility.

"It honestly look[ed] like he was trying to avoid hitting us cuz if he did this area is a giant bomb and this whole 5 Mi radius would have blown up," Best wrote.

Despite the plane landing along Highway 21, no cars were hit, a fact Gena Bilbo, public information officer for Effingham County Sheriff's Office called "an absolute miracle."

People who worked near the plane crash site said they felt the ground shake and worried about what had happened.

"It was horrible," 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."

Witness Mark Jones told a reporter for the Savannah Morning News that the plane didn't appear to nosedive, but did appear to stall and exploded when it hit the ground.

The wreckage was so severe that only the tail section of the plane remained identifiable.

Not the First C-130 Military Plane Crash

Unfortunately, this tragic occurance is not the only one in recent years. On July 10, 2017 a Marine Corps KC-130T plane had mechanical failure and crashed in Mississippi, killing 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman. There were no survivors from that incident.

Aviation attorney and Marine Corps veteran Timothy Loranger, who is currently handling wrongful death cases involving the prior KC-130T plane crash, is concerned about seeing two crashes within a year on a plane that has long been considered a workhorse for the US military. While a full investigation of the causes of plane crash is still pending, an aircraft design or manufacturing defect remains a possibility.

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Georgia Military Plane Crash Updates

U.S. Military Asking for Eyewitnesses to the Georgia C-130 Military Plane Crash to Send in Photos or Videos | May 7, 2018

The military is looking for anyone who took video or photos of the military plane crash near Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or took videos or photos to email [email protected].

Puerto Rico Looking for Answers After Fatal Military Plane Crash | May 4, 2018

Puerto Rico Rep. Joel Franqui Atiles submitted a bill yesterday demanding a report on the condition of all equipment used by the Puerto Rico's National Guard. Rep. Atiles also wants to know how much the Puerto Rico National Guard receives in federal funding, as reports of the island country's aging fleet of aircraft have now captured the nation's attention.

The Georgia military plane crash left Puerto Rico's National Guard with only three working cargo planes - two of the five are currently in need of maintenance and are not in use. As for the C-130 plane that crashed, it was being flown to Arizona where it was to be retired from service. The downed plane was manufactured in the 1970s, making it around 40 years old.