"It is an absolute miracle at that time of day and at that intersection", she said. First, he heard a "loud, unusual noise", he said.
"It was disgusting", said Denver Goodwin, who works at a wrecker service down the street from the crash.
The Hercules C-130J aircraft went down about 11:30 a.m., shortly after takeoff from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, about 175 miles southeast of Atlanta, officials said.
Seconds later, a fireball bursts and bellows out black smoke.
Days later, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, devastating much of the island - including, reportedly, the 156th itself.
Dahlen declined to say whether all nine aboard were dead, but acknowledged that images of the crash appeared to "speak for themselves".
Crews from the airport are assisting with local agencies, along with the the 165th Airlift Wing.
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"Nosotros empezamos con dificultades, la segunda parte fue mejor, presionando arriba, marcamos el segundo gol y jugamos mejor", analizó.
Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons told reporters that authorities are still working to make the crash site safe for investigators. It was flying from the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia to Arizona, where it was to be decommissioned.
Authorities have not released the names of any of the people onboard the aircraft though we do know at least five people were killed according to the Associated Press.
"The planes that we have in Puerto Rico - it's not news today that they are the oldest planes on inventory" of all National Guard planes nationwide, Rivera said. Those roads are shut down, and power has been cut to the area.
The primary mission of a WC-130 is weather reconnaissance, and they are simply C-130 that have been modified to suit this objective.
"A lot of people work in Chatham County but live in Effingham County, and Highway 21 is one of the major ways to get from one county to the other", Chelsea Sawyer, an emergency management specialist with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, tells Kiley.
The plane was more than 60 years old, said Isabelo Rivera, adjutant general of Puerto Rico's National Guard.
There was no immediate word of injuries.
A photo tweeted by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association shows the tail end of a plane and a field of flames and black smoke as an ambulance stood nearby.