An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane crashed Wednesday onto a busy highway moments after taking off from a Georgia airport, killing nine National Guard members from Puerto Rico. The top official of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, Adjutant Gen. Isabelo Rivero confirmed there were no survivors. The plane narrowly missed people on the ground.
Capt. Jeff Bezore of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Air Wing said he couldn’t say how many people in total were on the plane that crashed Wednesday around 11:30 a.m.
The Air Force says the plane was an Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane belonged to the 156th Air Wing out of Puerto Rico.
The plane crashed at the intersection of two roads, the Chatham County Emergency Management Agency said in a tweet.
CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports that this particular C-130 was one of the oldest still flying. The pilot was heading to Tucson, Arizona, to retire the aircraft. After take off earlier Wednesday, it was in the air for about two hours before it crashed.
The one involved in Wednesday’s crash was more than 60 years old.