Military plane crashes in Echols County

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2015 4:18 pm

STATENVILLE, Ga. – A military plane flying from a South Carolina base has crashed near this Echols County town.

The F-18 jet crashed at 2:53 p.m. Sunday; it was flying from Beaufort Marine Corps Station, Beaufort, S.C., according to military authorities at the scene.

The plane crashed about 4.5 miles east of Statenville near Ga. 94.

Two pilots parachuted from the plane; both were taken to South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, said 2nd Lt. Brianca Williams from Moody Air Force Base. There were no fatalities connected with the crash

Moody responded as the nearest military base; the downed plane was not from Moody AFB as initially reported by civilian authorities.

Responders at the scene included the Echols County Sheriff’s Office, EMTs from South Georgia Medical Center, the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Echols County Volunteer Fire Department, Moody AFB Fire Services and security personnel from Moody.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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