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Plane Crash on Hwy 21- May 16 Update

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Hwy 21 will remain closed until further notice. 

Updated Information as of 5/16/2018 from Georgia Department of Transportation:

Cleanup efforts are currently underway for State Route 21 near Savannah Hilton Head International Airport where a Puerto Rico Air National Guard WC-130H "Hercules" cargo aircraft crashed May 2.

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

"The Air National Guard is committed to restoring State Route 21 and the surrounding areas affected by the crash of the WC-130 aircraft," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Brennan, recovery operations chief.  "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 to the impacted areas.

A contract has not yet been awarded but will include environmental analysis, environmental restoration, and repairs to State Route 21

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

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

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has put the following detour in place:

  • Motorists traveling north on SR 21 will be detoured onto SR 307 North then turn west Jimmy Deloach Connector to the Sonny Dixon Interchange back to SR 21 where detour ends. 
  • Motorists traveling south on SR 21 will be detoured onto Sonny Dixon Interchange to Jimmy Deloach Connector then travel west to SR 307 South back to SR 21 where detour ends. 
Signage is in place to alert the traveling public of the road closure ahead with directional signage along detour route.

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Several steps will need to be taken before the road can be opened.

• The Military needs to investigate the crash and debris field
• Clean up of aircraft and debris field will be conducted after the investigation is concluded
• Any hazardous materials will need to mitigated
• The road will need to be evaluated and repaired by GDOT

As we know more information, we will update the website. 

Last Updated: May 16, 2018 10:43 AM

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