At least nine people were killed, according to the local sheriff's office.
A spokesperson for the Department of Defense said the aircraft, which was used for weather reconnaissance, was part of the 156th Airlift Wing based in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The National Guard tweeted that it will look into the incident.
The tail of a military C-130 plane sticks up from the road as emergency crews work the site of the crash. A formal investigation into the cause of the crash will take months. Barnes frantically called 911.
An aging United States military cargo plane carrying nine troops was destroyed in a fiery crash on 2 May as it made its final scheduled flight before being mothballed, officials said. "I wasn't that far from it and I could have just kept going and it would have been me and we wouldn't be talking right now", Mr Jones said.
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Rossello and Adjutant Gen. Isabelo Rivera said Wednesday afternoon that their prayers are with the families of those who were on the plane. They aren't releasing more names until all the families have been contacted, but "most of them already know and have come to the base" on the island, Rivera said. It was flying from the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia to Tucson, Arizona, where it was to be decommissioned. The plane was bound for Arizona. They said they shot Clark because they thought he was approaching them while pointing a handgun.
The US military has been rocked by a string of aviation accidents in recent weeks, including an F-16 crash near Las Vegas in April that killed the pilot. It crashed around 11:30 a.m. near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Officials with the Puerto Rico Air National Guard have said the aircraft was 60 years old, but Boone said its age was closer to 40 years old.
It narrowly missed people on the ground and sent an orange and black fireball into the sky. Paul Dahlen says it's a sad day for Puerto Rico's National Guard.
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This map locates the area where an Air National Guard C-130 has crashed just outside of Savannah, Ga., on May 2, 2018.
Boone said the cargo plane was manufactured in the late 1970s and had been in Savannah for routine maintenance.
Williams said she didn't have any other details on the deaths Wednesday.
All from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, the nine airmen, had been announced dead Thursday, hours later authorities obtained through the wreckage.
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