PORT WENT-WORTH, Ga. (AP) An aging C-130 Hercules that rescued and resupplied U.S. citizens after last years hurricanes crashed onto a highway in Georgia during what was supposed to be its final flight, killing all nine Puerto Ricans on board.
The huge plane was being flown into retirement in Arizona, reducing Puerto Ricos National Guard fleet to five similar planes, two of which need maintenance and arent being used, Adjutant Gen. Isabelo Rivera said. He said the aircraft was more than 60 years old.
The planes that we have in Puerto Rico — its not news today that they are the oldest planes on inventory among all National Guard planes nationwide, and they often face delays in getting spare parts shipped to the island, he said.
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