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Most of the tail section appeared to remain intact, surrounded by scorched debris. All the airmen were from Puerto Rico, an official said.

At the time, Georgia's Air National Guard was working with its counterpart in Puerto Rico to fix communication equipment at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, which was heavily damaged by the hurricanes.

At least five were confirmed dead, a United States official said on condition of anonymity, adding that the number of fatalities could rise.

Two people were killed after a Air National Guard cargo plane crashed near an airport in Georgia, the AP reports, citing a deputy coroner.

"The planes that we have in Puerto Rico - it's not news today that they are the oldest planes on inventory" among all National Guard planes nationwide, and they often face delays in getting spare parts shipped to the island, he said.

"This pains us", Rivera said of the deaths.

US President Donald Trump later tweeted he had been briefed on the incident and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

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The Savannah Professional Firefighters Association said it was a C-130 airplane, a military cargo aircraft. "No impacts to airport operations at this time".

A spokesman for the Georgia Air National Guard says authorities don't yet know what caused a military cargo plane to crash after taking off from a Savannah, Georgia, airport, killing at least five.

Video from a business near the crash showed the horrifying final moments of the hulking plane, a version normally outfitted to do weather reconnaissance.

Abby Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Chatham County Emergency Management Agency, said that the aircraft had gone down on the outskirts of Savannah, about 175 miles (280 km) southeast of Atlanta.

It was flying from Georgia to Tucson in Arizona, where it was to be decommissioned.

The plane took off from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, according to Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons of 165th Air National Guard. Paul Dahlen says it's a sad day for Puerto Rico's National Guard.

The 156th Airlift Wing in Puerto Rico is home to the Bucaneros- 1,200 National Guardsmen and women are bilingual. "He barely made it over the tree line (and it) looked as if he tried to turn and nose dive straight into the ground right in front of me".


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