5 reported dead in military plane crash

Jul 13, 2017, 00:21
5 reported dead in military plane crash

LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Frank Randle confirmed late Monday that 16 people were confirmed dead, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

The crash was the deadliest Marine crash in the world in more than a decade.

A Marine Corps KC-130, which originated from Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, went down at about 4 p.m. local time in Leflore County, the Marine Corps said Tuesday in a statement.

- 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.

"Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking".

The U.S. Marine Corps announced the tragedy on Twitter: "A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10". The identities of the people killed have not been released.

One of the sixteen service members killed in a military transport plane crash in MS was a Detroit native.

The KC-130, a transport plane manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is mostly used to transport personnel, equipment as well as fuel.

All 16 victims were on the plane and there were no survivors from the aircraft.

Greenwood Fire Department Chief Marcus Banks told the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper that firefighters were driven back by several "high-intensity explosions" that may have been caused by ammunition igniting.

The Federal Aviation Administration contacted the Marines when the plane dropped from air traffic control radar while over Mississippi.

President Trump and Vice President Pence offered their condolences to those who perished.

"Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking", Trump tweeted. "Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!", Trump wrote.

LeFlore County deputy coroner Will Gnemi says the crash site was in a rural area, and emergency services were scouring the thick soybean crops for bodies.

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