At least 16 killed in military plane crash in Mississippi

At least 16 killed in military plane crash in Mississippi

A U.S. military plane crashed into a field in rural MS on Monday, killing at least 16 people aboard and spreading debris for miles, officials said.

The military transport plane went down Monday in western MS, with 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman on board.

The plane was carrying fifteen Marines, and Navy Corpsman, alongside moving equipment and personnel from North Carolina to Western Base.

In April 2000, 19 people were killed in the crash of a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft that flies like a plane but can hover and land like a helicopter. One site was approximately a half-mile north of US 82, and the second site about a half-mile south of it, he said.

The KC-130 is used to refuel aircraft in flight and transport cargo and troops. The mission was to deliver seven members of the Marines' elite special operations 2nd Raider Battalion, who were traveling to a pre-deployment training exercise in Yuma.

As reported by BBC, Phil Bryant, the MS governor said that the incident was a tragedy. "There is a large debris pattern", James said. The governor asks people to stay away and turn debris over to authorities.

ABC2News.com in Maryland reported on its website Wednesday that Staff Sgt. William Joseph Kundrat, 33, was among the 15 Marines and one Sailor killed in Monday's crash. The fierce blaze produced black smoke visible for miles across the flat region and continued to burn after dusk, more than four hours later.




Retired Marine Evan Wahl spent 20 years in the Marine Corps and is familiar with these types of planes.

The Marines said July 11 the air tanker was based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, and headed to California.

"We're feeling the pain that everybody else is", Robert Brush said after dropping off three pots of red, white and blue petunias.

The crash was the deadliest Marine crash in the USA or overseas since 2005.

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

"Out of respect for the families, we will not release the names or specifics as of now; expect the roster of names within the next few days", James said.

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