Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Crashes in Savannah

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Hurricane Hunter Aircraft, the Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 plane, crashed in Savannah, Georgia.

The plane was being flown to retirement in Arizona when it crashed.

All nine crew members died.

They have been identified as:
  • Pilot José Rafael Román Rosado
  • Maj. Carlos Pérez Serra
  • 1st Lt. David Albandoz
  • Senior Master Sgt. Jan Paravisini
  • Master Sgt. Jean Audriffred
  • Master Sgt. Mario Braña
  • Master Sgt. Víctor Colón
  • Master Sgt. Eric Circuns
  • Senior Airman Roberto Espada
The plane was a part of The aircraft took part in Hurricane Hunter missions from the 1970s until 2004.

Hurricane hunters are aircrews that fly into tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic Ocean and Northeastern Pacific Ocean to gather weather data. 

Manned flights into hurricanes began in 1943 when, on a bet, pilot-trainer Colonel Joseph Duckworth flew a single-engine plane into a category 1 storm near Galveston, Texas. Since then, six military weather reconnaissance planes have gone down, at a cost of fifty-three lives.



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