U.S. Air Force C-130 crashes on retirement mission
A C-130 military transport plane crashed on May 3, 2018, in Savannah, Georgia (U.S.) soon after takeoff. The plane was on its way to be decommissioned. At least five crew members from Puerto Rico National Guard were on board. None survived. No one was injured on the ground.
The U.S. Air Force C-130J took off minutes earlier from the Air National Guard Base at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). The aircraft was in Savannah for several days for a routine maintenance.
It was on its last mission to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), Arizona, also known as “The Boneyard”. The more than 50 years old weather surveillance plane was about to be decommissioned according to CNN.
”The Boneyard” (U.S. Navy)
The flight commander notified of an emergency and was trying to fly back when the plane spanned out of control and crashed on a highway. The plane and its crew were part of the 156th Airlift Wing usually based in Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) near San Juan (Puerto Rico). In 2017, it was used to rescue stranded U.S. citizens on the British Virgin Islands, following the Hurricane Irma.
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