A military plane, believed to be carrying five passengers, crashed on GA-21 at Gulfstream Road in Port Wentworth, Georgia, at about 11:30 A.M. Wednesday morning. At least two people died in the plane crash, according to a report from FOX 28. Emergency crews are responding to the scene, rushing to the area engulfed with plumes of black smoke and hot orange flames.
Witnesses saw the plane go down just before noon on Wednesday morning. The Chatham County Emergency Management Agency reported that the plane went down Crossgate Road and Highway 21. The plane, which was crashed down near Savannah, is a C-130 Hercules military airplane from the Air National Guard, according to a CNN report. The type of plane which crashed was confirmed by the U.S. Air Force to be a C-130 Hercules military plane.
Highway 21 is currently shut down, according to The Georgia Department of Transportation.
“It was horrible,” Denver Goodwin, a wrecker service who works down the street from the crash, said to CNN that,”The ground shook like a bomb was going off. All the people in the building started panicking. It was absolutely horrible.”
According to The Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was headed to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.
Following the crash, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System relied a message to parents, informing them that power, phone, and network services had been shut down at both Port Wentworth Elementary and Rice Creek School as a result of the crash.
Savannah-Hilton Airport said that the plane didn’t crash on their property. However, some flights were still impacted by the crash, according to airport officials.