Deadly military aircraft crash to close major Savannah route for days

Credit: Georgia Department of Transportation

Credit: Georgia Department of Transportation

The fatal crash of a military aircraft near the Savannah airport Wednesday will close a stretch of a busy state road for several days.

Natalie Dale, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said the shut-down span of Ga. 21 is near Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

The closure is due to not only the investigation, but also the scattered debris and road damage.

Initially the road was estimated to be closed eight hours.

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That part of Ga. 21 is a busy one for the area, with about 28,500 vehicles traveling along the affected stretch each day, Dale said.

About half of those drivers are commercial truckers, she said, delivering to the nearby Port of Savannah.

Drivers traveling on Ga. 21 are being told to detour onto SR 307 using the Jimmy Deloach Connector and/or the Sonny Dixon Interchange to get back onto Ga. 21.

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A Lockheed WC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 1‪‪56th Airlift Wing unit of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed while on a training mission Wednesday‬‬.

Flights at the airport were also impacted by the crash, the airport tweeted. The airport had resumed normal operations by late Wednesday afternoon.

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