STATENVILLE — A military plane flying from a South Carolina base crashed Sunday near this Echols County town.

The F/18A Hornet was conducting low-altitude tactics training when it crashed at 2:53 p.m.; it was flying from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort at Beaufort, S.C., according to the Marine Corps.

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

The two-man crew parachuted from the plane; both were taken to South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, said 2nd Lt. Brianca Williams from Moody Air Force Base.

The Marine Corps identified the men as Maj. Roy Nicka, the pilot, and 1st. Lt. Robert Reynolds, the weapons system officer. There were no fatalities connected with the crash and Nicka and Reynolds were treated for minor injuries.

The F/A-18, a fighter-attack jet, belonged to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 (VMFA(AW)-224).

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

The crash site has been cordoned off by military officials. Personnel from Moody Air Force Base’s 23d Wing are providing site security while members of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing are assembled for recovery operations.

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. Anyone who witnessed the mishap flight or the crash is asked to contact the 2nd MAW public affairs office at (252) 466-4241 or to provide information.

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