'No survivors' in military plane crash near Savannah


President Donald Trump says he is sending his thoughts and prayers to the victims of a military cargo plane crash in Georgia that killed at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico.

"They will receive our support and that of the National Guard of Puerto Rico in this process".

The US territory's Gov. Ricardo Rossello expressed his sadness, tweeting that "our prayers are with the families of the Puerto Rican crew".

The investigation, which is underway, is being carried out by the National Guard Bureau and the Air Force, he said. Photos shared on social media show a black column of smoke billowing from the wreckage. Another image of the aftermath of the crash showed a sprawling scene of debris and charred roadway. The plane then headed straight down behind trees.

Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons told reporters authorities are still working to make the crash site safe for investigators to come in.

The crash was at least the fifth deadly accident involving a United States military aircraft since early April and the first of a U.S. military C-130 since July, when 16 service members were killed in a MS crash. They were developed after the Pentagon found World War II-era planes like the C-47 to be insufficient during the Korean War.

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The plane crashed at the intersection of two roads, but nobody on the ground was killed, officials said.

The inquiry into that crash has not been completed. While another said the ground shook as if a bomb went off when it hit.

All nine crew members had helped with hurricane recovery efforts as part of the 198th Fighter Squadron, nicknamed the Bucaneros, which flies out of Base Muniz in the northern coastal city of Carolina, Rivera said. "Although it was an older aircraft, it was in good mechanical condition". He added that the plane would not have been cleared to fly on Wednesday if it had not been deemed airworthy.

Meanwhile, Highway 21 in Savannah, where the accident took place will remain closed on the order of the Effingham County Sheriff.

But almost eight hours after the crash, Effingham County Sheriff's spokeswoman Gena Bilbo told the Associated Press "To our knowledge, there are no survivors". At the same time it is emphasized that the miracle, at that time there was not a single machine.