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Last updated: 19 October 2018
Date:Wednesday 2 May 2018
Time:ca 11:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed WC-130H Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 65-0968
C/n / msn: 4110
First flight: 1965
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 2 km from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, GA (SAV) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV), United States of America
Destination airport:Tucson-Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (DMA/KDMA), United States of America
A Lockheed C-130 Hercules was destroyed when it impacted Augusta Road (Highway 21) and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Georgia, USA. All nine occupants suffered fatal injuries.
The aircraft was attached to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and had been undergoing routine maintenance in Savannah before heading to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

Loss of control


METAR Weather report:
14:53 UTC / 10:53 local time:
KSAV 021453Z VRB06KT 10SM FEW035 FEW250 24/14 A3035 RMK AO2 SLP277 T02440139 53009

15:33 UTC / 11:33 local time:
KSAV 021533Z 04008KT 10SM FEW035 FEW250 26/14 A3035 RMK AO2 T02560139

15:53 UTC / 11:53 local time:
KSAV 021553Z VRB03KT 10SM FEW015 FEW035 SCT250 26/14 A3034 RMK AO2 SLP274 FU FEW015 T02560139


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Distance from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, GA to Tucson-Davis Monthan AFB, AZ as the crow flies is 2767 km (1730 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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