16 dead in military plane crash in Mississippi

16 dead in military plane crash in Mississippi

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 military plane crashed Monday evening, killing 16 people on board, Leflore County Sheriff's Office in MS said.

The KC-130 Hercules tanker reportedly corkscrewed into a soybean field about 85 miles north of Jackson, the state capital, military officials said.

All 16 victims were on the Marine Corps aircraft and there were no survivors, Leflore County emergency management director Fred Randle said.

The Marine Corps said that while they are still investigating the details of the crash, their primary focus is to provide the necessary support and resources to friends, family, and service members who are going through this hard time.

The KC-130T Hercules transport aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar over MS around 5 p.m. Monday, the Marine Corps said in a statement, after it departed from the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina. Jones said firefighters tried to extinguish the blaze at the main crash site but withdrew after an explosion forced them back.

"Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking".

Banks said that the call came in at around 4:00pm and an aircraft crash truck was traveling to the scene.

Aerial photos showed the skeleton of the plane burning profusely.




Trump tweeted early Tuesday, "Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking". Several fire departments responded to the aircraft down in a field and burning.

WSOC-TV in Charlotte reported, citing the Federal Aviation Administration, that the flight originated from Cherry Point, North Carolina, where a Marine Corps air base is located.

"You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around", he told the AP.

Marine Corps spokeswoman Lt. Kristine Rascicot confirmed that the plane that crashes was a USMC KC-130, but said she was not able to release any more details.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant shared his condolences on Facebook following the crash.

Two US Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters receive fuel from a KC-130 Hercules over the Gulf of Aden.

"We're still searching the area", Banks said. He also mentioned that 4,000 gallons of foam were used to put the fire out.

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