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Posted: May 11, 2018 1:33 p.m.
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Plane crash under investigation

An investigation is underway to determine what may have caused a Puerto Rico Air National Guard WC-130H "Hercules" cargo aircraft to crash May 2 about 11:30 a.m. near Savannah Hilton Head International Airport shortly after takeoff.

Nine airmen from the Puerto Rico ANG aboard the aircraft died as result of the crash.

People in the area at the time of the incident who may have witnessed the event or captured imagery are asked to email any information they have to the team of investigators at savsafetyboard@gmail.com.              

"An investigation is currently in progress to determine the cause of this tragic event and ways to prevent such occurrences in the future," said Col. Pete Boone, 165th Airlift Wing vice commander.  "It is extremely important to us to fully understand what has happened."

"I can assure you the United States Air Force will conduct a thorough investigation in hopes to minimize the chances of such occurrences from happening in the future," said Boone. "Any speculation at this point without having all the details could affect the outcome of the investigation."


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