Military plane with nine people on board crashes on highway in Georgia

Military plane crashes in Savannah, Georgia, first responders on scene (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

He says the C-130 plane had been used in the past to rescue USA citizens stranded in the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and ferry supplies to the US territory of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria a year ago.

UPDATE: 1:17 p.m. EDT-The military plane that crashed in Savannah, Georgia, Wednesday is a type used for weather reconnaissance missions called the C-130 Hercules aircraft, according to a fact sheet list from the U.S. Air Force.

However, hours after the crash, Effingham County Sheriff spokeswoman Gena Bilbo said, "To our knowledge there are no survivors".

The aircraft had been in use for more than 6 decades, and was making its final flight before being retired.

Dahlan declined to comment on the number of casualties but said that the images of the crash appeared to "speak for themselves".

Denise Barnes was at her desk working at a construction firm when she heard a boom so loud it shook the building.

An aging C-130 Hercules that rescued and resupplied US citizens after last year's hurricanes crashed onto a highway in Georgia during what was supposed to be its final flight, killing all nine Puerto Ricans on board.

Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"It didn't look like it nosedived, but it nearly looked like it stalled and just went nearly flat right there in the middle of the highway", Jones said.

"All I can confirm is that we have two fatalities that were brought to us", she said.

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Mark Jones was nearby when he says he saw the plane low in the air. The plane was heading to Arizona.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Hwy 21 at Crossgrate Road and those roads are closed.

The names of the victims are behind withheld until family members can be notified, authorities said.

Bilbo said the crash happened at about 11:30 a.m. ET.

Puerto Rico's Gov. Rosselló released this statement regarding the plane crash.

In the aftermath of the crash, the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport said flight delays were minimal. Typically an Air Force plane like this has a crew of five, with room for dozens of passengers or cargo.

The incident, which involved a WC-130 Hercules aeroplane from the Air National Guard, took place just before noon local time near the city of Savannah, Xinhua quoted the local firefighters as saying.

Chatham County EMS confirmed that the plane crashed at the intersection of Highway 21 and Crossgate Road.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

This photo made available by the Chatham Emergency Services, GA., shows firefighters putting out a fire caused by a plane crash near the airport in Savannah, Ga., Wednesday.

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