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A memorial service is planned to mark the anniversary of a military plane crash in Georgia that killed 9 airmen from the Puerto Rico National Guard.

The 165th Airlift Wing reported on its Facebook page that city of Port Wentworth is organizing the public service for 1:30 p.m. May 2 at 7274 Ga. Highway 21, the future home of Port Wentworth City Hall. \

On May 2, 2018, a WC-130 Hercules plane from Puerto Rico on its retirement flight crashed near the intersection of Ga. 21 and Crossgate Road. The plane had just taken off from Savannah’s airport to be retired in Arizona. The midday crash killed all nine airmen from the 156th Airlift Wing based at Muniz Air Base in Puerto Rico.

An Air Force investigation concluded pilot errors in response to a malfunctioning engine caused the crash.

The memorial service is being held on city-owned property along the highway where the plane crashed. The service will be open to the public, and business casual attire is suggested, according to a Facebook post from the 165th Airlift Wing.

Associated Press and staff reports gathered by Savannahnow.com