Aging C-130 military aircraft fell out of sky, eyewitnesses say

SAVANNAH, Ga. An aging military cargo aircraft, a Lockheed Martin C-130 being operated by the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, “fell out of the sky” and crashed nose-first into the highway shortly after taking off from Savannah, Georgia, eyewitnesses reveal. The aircraft had undergone days of maintenance and was en route to Tucson, Arizona, where it was to be decommissioned, officials say. All nine airmen on board perished in the crash.

Aging C-130 military aircraft fell out of sky, eyewitnesses say
Aging C-130 military aircraft fell out of sky, eyewitnesses say

SAVANNAH, Ga. An aging military cargo aircraft, a Lockheed Martin C-130 being operated by the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, “fell out of the sky” and crashed nose-first into the highway shortly after taking off from Savannah, Georgia, eyewitnesses reveal. The aircraft had undergone days of maintenance and was en route to Tucson, Arizona, where it was to be decommissioned, officials say. All nine airmen on board perished in the crash.

Conflicting reports about the aircraft and the fatalities surround the unfortunate incident. Some indicate the aircraft was manufactured in the 1970s, other say it is a 1950-era model.

At the same time, U.S. Air Force officials have reported:

“While performing a training mission, a U.S. C-130 Hercules cargo plane from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed about 11:30 a.m. May 2, 2018, near the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, Georgia, with five people on board.”

WASHINGTON. Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein directed all Air Force wings with flying and maintenance functions to execute a one-day operational safety review by 21 May 2018. “I am directing this operational safety review to allow our commanders to assess and discuss the safety of our operations and to gather feedback from our Airmen who are doing the mission every day,” Goldfein explains. Air Force officials are taking swift action to ensure the safety of its force after a series of recent aviation mishaps and fatalities, including the crash that claimed the lives of nine airmen on 2 May 2018 of a WC-130 Hercules military aircraft. The aging WC-130 high-wing, medium-range aircraft built by Lockheed Martin had undergone days of maintenance before it took a nosedive onto the highway while being flown from Savannah, Georgia, to Tucson, Arizona, to be decommissioned. The Air Force's manned aviation mishap rate has increased since the beginning of fiscal year 2018. Yet, safety statistics over the past decade show Air Force Class A and B aviation mishaps trended downward, officials say. “So far, 12 fatal accidents — 11 crashes and one ground incident — in fiscal year 2018, which began Oct. 1, have claimed the lives of 35 military pilots and crew,” Military Times reports. “We cannot afford to lose a single Airman or weapons system due to a mishap that could have been prevented,” Goldfein says. “Our men and women have volunteered to give their last full measure for America's security. My intent is to have commanders lead focused forums with their Airmen to help identify gaps and seams that exist or are developing, which could lead to future mishaps or unsafe conditions.” During the safety review, commander-led forums will gather feedback from Airmen who execute the Air Force's flying operations and challenge Airmen to identify issues that may cause a future mishap.WASHINGTON. Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein directed all Air Force wings with flying and maintenance functions to execute a one-day operational safety review by 21 May 2018. “I am directing this operational safety review to allow our commanders to assess and discuss the safety of our operations and to gather feedback from our Airmen who are doing the mission every day,” Goldfein explains. Air Force officials are taking swift action to ensure the safety of its force after a series of recent aviation mishaps and fatalities, including the crash that claimed the lives of nine airmen on 2 May 2018 of a WC-130 Hercules military aircraft. The aging WC-130 high-wing, medium-range aircraft built by Lockheed Martin had undergone days of maintenance before it took a nosedive onto the highway while being flown from Savannah, Georgia, to Tucson, Arizona, to be decommissioned. The Air Force's manned aviation mishap rate has increased since the beginning of fiscal year 2018. Yet, safety statistics over the past decade show Air Force Class A and B aviation mishaps trended downward, officials say. “So far, 12 fatal accidents — 11 crashes and one ground incident — in fiscal year 2018, which began Oct. 1, have claimed the lives of 35 military pilots and crew,” Military Times reports. “We cannot afford to lose a single Airman or weapons system due to a mishap that could have been prevented,” Goldfein says. “Our men and women have volunteered to give their last full measure for America's security. My intent is to have commanders lead focused forums with their Airmen to help identify gaps and seams that exist or are developing, which could lead to future mishaps or unsafe conditions.” During the safety review, commander-led forums will gather feedback from Airmen who execute the Air Force's flying operations and challenge Airmen to identify issues that may cause a future mishap.

Savannah police have released recordings of 911 calls from eyewitnesses: http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Aircraft-crashes-near-Savannah-481512311.html

The Puerto Rico National Guard has released the names of the victims of the WC-130 Hercules aircraft accident, which occurred May 2, 2018, near Hilton Head Airport in Savannah, Georgia.

The names of the nine fallen airmen are:

Maj. José R. Román Rosado – Pilot – 18 years of service - from Manati, PR. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Maj. Carlos Pérez Serra – Navigator – 23 years of service - from Canóvanas, PR. He is survived by his wife, two sons anddaughter.

1st Lt. David Albandoz – Co-Pilot – 16 years of service - from PR, recently residing in Madison, Alabama. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Senior Master Sgt. Jan Paravisini – Mechanic – 21 years of service - from Canóvanas, PR. He is survived by two daughters and son.

Master Sgt. Jean Audriffred – 16 years of service - from Carolina, PR. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Master Sgt. Mario Braña – Flight Engineer – 17 years of service - from Bayamón, PR. He is survived by his mother and daughter.

Master Sgt. Víctor Colón – 22 years of service - from Santa Isabel, PR. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Master Sgt. Eric Circuns – Loadmaster – 31 years of service - from Rio Grande, PR. He is survived by his wife, two step-daughters and son.

Senior Airman Roberto Espada– three years of service - from Salinas, PR. He is survived by his grandmother.

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