Cruz resolution honors Puerto Rican service members killed in plane crash
HARRISBURG, May 23 – The House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution (H.R. 938) sponsored by state Rep. Angel Cruz which pays tribute to nine Puerto Rican service members who were killed in a noncombat-related military plane crash in Georgia on May 2.
The service members were flying to Arizona to decommission the plane, a WC-130 attached to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard 156th Airlift Wing, when it crashed shortly after takeoff. The plane was used in relief efforts for several hurricanes in the Caribbean, including both Irma and Maria during the 2017 hurricane season.
“These nine service members truly represent the commitment that Puerto Ricans living on the island and also here on the mainland have with our nation,” Cruz said. “We honor them for their service and dedication and hope not to repeat this tragedy ever again.”
Cruz added the incident involving these service members brings the total number of noncombat-related crashes of military aircraft to seven, resulting in the deaths of 27 United States service members this year.