Memorial Thursday marks anniversary of crash that killed 9 Puerto Rico National Guard airmen

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PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. – A memorial service is planned to mark the anniversary of a military plane crash in Port Wentworth that killed 9 airmen from the Puerto Rico National Guard.

On Thursday at 1:30 p.m., the will host a memorial to honor the fallen Airmen of “Rican 68” at the future home of the Port Wentworth City Hall (7224 Ga. Hwy. 21).

For those who cannot attend in person, News 3 will be streaming the memorial live online at wsav.com/livestream. Download our app here to be notified when it begins.

“We have a lot of remembrance ceremonies going on right now,” said Port Wentworth Fire Chief of Operations Lance Moore. “That will be good for the families and the first responders as well.”

The service is open to the public and business casual is suggested out of respect for the families. For military members, it is appropriate to wear the uniform of the day.

For 165th members: Parking will be limited. Transportation will be provided from the installation at building 301 and will depart at 12:30 p.m.

The C-130 Hercules aircraft crashed nose-first into a highway near Savannah on May 2, 2018. 

The plane had just taken off from Savannah’s airport to be retired in Arizona. The midday crash killed all nine airmen from the 156th Airlift Wing based at Muniz Air Base in Puerto Rico.

An Air Force investigation concluded pilot errors in response to a malfunctioning engine caused the crash.

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