Plane crash investigation still in early stages

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - The investigation continues after a C-130 Hercules military plane crashed on Georgia Highway 21 in Port Wentworth, late Wednesday morning.

As we've been telling you, Highway 21 will remain closed for quite some time. We spoke with public affairs personnel with the 165th Airlift Wing on Friday, and the only thing they were able to tell us was that the military is in the early stages of the investigation, and that an investigation board is being assembled.

"Any speculation at this point without having all of the details could affect the outcome of the investigation," said Col. Peter Boone, Vice Wing Commander, 165th Airlift Wing. "Again, we ask for your patience as we use every resource at our disposal to properly identify a cause."

The question many of you are asking is what caused the C-130 to crash.

"The National Guard element does not have the investigative element, therefore they are relying on active duty Air Force. They take charge and they handle the investigation," Chief Matt Libby, Director of Public Safety, Port Wentworth, said. "It is strictly a military investigation that no civilian law enforcement from municipal, county, or states involved. This is military, no NTSB. It's all military so it's a process."

The investigation will take some time to unfold. Nine people were on board the plane when it crashed. Local law enforcement is providing support as the Air Force continues combing through the wreckage.

"They have assets in place and en route, but it is a process," Chief Libby said.

The public affairs office tells us more information will be released shortly. Stay with us for updates.

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