At least 16 dead in military plane crash in Mississippi

Violet Powell
July 13, 2017

All 16 victims were on the Marine Corps aircraft and there were no survivors, Leflore County emergency management director Fred Randle said. The Marines said Tuesday that the air tanker was based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, and headed to California.

- A Detroit man serving in the United States Marine Corps has been identified as one of the 16 who were killed in a fiery plane crash in Mississippi.

"We're just trying to offer any type of assistance", Carr, a spokesman for the bureau's Jackson, Mississippi office, told the newspaper.

According to The U.S. Marine Corps Twitter account, "A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10".

Officials have not released any information as to what caused the plane to crash or where the flight took off from.

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Chris Nissen, who shot video of the aftermath, said there were lots of small explosions after the initial crash. Later we found out that 16 souls were aboard the stricken aircraft and all perished in the crash.

The incident was reported at around 4 pm local time and the debris from the plabe was reportedly scattered in a radius of about 5 miles (8 kilometers), according to Reuters.

"Jones said the plane hit the ground behind some trees in a soybean field, and by the time he and others reached the crash site, fires were burning too intensely to approach the wreckage".

A C-130 has crashed in LeFlore County, claiming at least five lives, officials said. Marine Corps Maj. Andrew Aranda, speaking during a press conference Tuesday morning, said numerous Marines were from a unit based in Newburgh, New York with active duty and reserve members. Melania and I, he added, send our condolences to all. A witness said the plane was smoking as it came down.

Two Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters receive fuel from a KC-130 Hercules over the Gulf of Aden in 2003.

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