Savannah Plane Crash Likely the Result of Pilot Error According to Reports
PORT WENTWORTH, GA- Counton2.com writes that theresults of the official investigation into a plane crash in Port Wentworth were released. The crash took place on May 2, 2018, when the WC-Hercules plane was being flown from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airports to an Arizona U.S. Air Force base where it was to be retired.*
The plane was flown by the Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 156th Airlift Wing Aviators. Nine people died in the accident. The investigation conducted by the Air Force was completed, and the report was released on November 9, 2018. The report indicated that pilot error was likely the cause of the incident.
One of the plane’s engines failed when the plane took off. The crew did not conduct the normal emergency required when such an incident occurs. The pilot, Major Jose R. Roman Rosado of Puerto Rico served for 18 years. The co-pilot, 1st Lieutenant David Albandoz was also from Puerto Rico.
The nine experienced crewmen perished in the incident which narrowly avoided missing buildings and motorists on the ground. The plane had previously been used by Puerto Rico’s National Guard. It was in service as a rescue and supply plane that helped people after the hurricanes that took place in 2017. Initial reports falsely claimed the plane was 60 years old, but later amended the number to say that it was about 40 years old. Puerto Rico has some of the oldest planes in service and often struggles with long delays in getting replacement parts for their fleet.
The plane had undergone routine maintenance prior to the flight. The flight to Arizona was intended to be its last.
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