Military plane crashes in Georgia

Published 10:31 am Monday, February 23, 2015

STATENVILLE, Ga. – A military plane flying from a South Carolina military base crashed Sunday in Echols County, Georgia.

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

Statenville, the town closest to the crash site, is 4.5 miles away.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The two pilots of the F-18 parachuted from the plane and were taken to South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, according to 2nd Lt. Brianca Williams from Moody Air Force Base.

There were no fatalities connected with the crash.

Even though the plane was not from Moody AFB, Moody personal responded because it was the nearest military base.

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 various other security personnel.

The Valdosta (Ga.) Daily Times contributed to this story.