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Officials release update on deadly WC-130 aircraft crash and cleanup efforts

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) - According to officials, cleanup efforts are currently underway for Ga. SR 21 near the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport where a Puerto Rico Air National Guard WC-130H “Hercules” cargo aircraft crashed on May 2.

Wreckage from the aircraft has been removed from the crash site and transported to a secure holding facility at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

In a statement released on May 16, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Brennan, recovery operations chief, stated,  “Until environmental analysis is complete, an estimated time to reopen the State Route 21 is not available.”

The Air National Guard has provided funds to the United States Army Corps of Engineers to execute a Rapid Response contract for the restoration and repair of the impacted areas.

According to officials, a contract has not yet been awarded but will include environmental analysis, environmental restoration and repairs to Ga. SR 21

The impacted sections of State Route 21 will remain closed for the duration of the restoration and repair work.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Safety Investigation Board, and no other details are available at this time.

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