Military Cargo Plane That Crashed Was Heading To Arizona

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 10:15am

A military cargo plane crashed onto a Georgia highway last Wednesday, killing nine people. The plane was heading to Arizona when it crashed.

The lumbering C-130 Hercules aircraft was making what was supposed to be its last run after an estimated 40-year career when it plummeted onto the Georgia highway, shortly after takeoff from Savannah.

It had long been a part of Puerto Rico’s Air National Guard fleet and spent the last year rescuing and resupplying U.S. citizens following a devastating hurricane season.

The cargo plane was carrying nine people flying for the final time to its retirement at Pinal Airpark in Marana, northeast of Tucson.

Witnesses said the the plane dropped suddenly after what sounded like an engine failure. All nine Air National Guard members aboard died. Somehow, the aircraft missed hitting bystanders and cars on the ground.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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