Military plane crashes in Mississippi, killing 16

12 July, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • A C-130 Hercules military cargo plane prepares to take off in this file

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.

Although military aircrafts are a common sight in the skies of rural Mississippi, Beavers said she did not hear the doomed plane fly overhead or hear it crash.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known and the identities of those killed were not immediately released.

Banks said most of the dead were Marines.

A military refueling plane crashed into a soybean field in MS on Monday.

The aircraft was a KC-130, one of the most extensively used planes in the United States military. He said his son watched the plane go down while working on the farm and said it was smoking as it descended.

"Every resource we can pull from will be used to determine what happened", Aranda told reporters a couple miles from the crash site.

The Marines gave no immediate details on the cause of the crash.

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Master Sgt. Sara A. Pastorello, of the Stewart-based Air National Guard 10th Airlift Wing, said the plane belonged to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452, Marine Aircraft Group 49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, a tenant at the Stewart base.

This morning, Richard V. Spencer, President Donald Trump's nominee for Navy secretary, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that 15 Marines and one sailor was killed in Monday's crash.

County Emergency Management Director Fred Randle told local media late Monday that 16 bodies were recovered after the KC-130 refueling tanker spiraled to the ground into a soybean field about 85 miles (135 kilometers) north of Jackson.

Debris has been scattered in five-mile radius and the search for additional victims is ongoing.

Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy.

Tillis said the crash is a reminder of the dangers that military personnel face even on training missions. "We were driven away by several high-intensity explosions", he was quoted as saying by Fox News.

It took off from a Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, before vanishing from the air traffic control radar somewhere over MS and crashing at approximately 4 pm CDT, the Marine Forces Reserve said in a statement.

The KC-130, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is a four-engine turboprop aircraft mostly used for military transportation, according to the company's website.

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