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At least 5 dead in Georgia military plane crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A spokesman for the Puerto Rico National Guard says the military cargo plane that crashed outside Savannah, Georgia, killing five people, was on its way to Arizona.

The C-130 cargo plane crashed around 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

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. 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 165th Air Wing out of Savannah, along with a host of first emergency teams, responded to the crash.

A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association shows the tail end of a plane and a field of flames and black smoke along the side of a road as an ambulance stands nearby.

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