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At Least 16 Dead in Marine Aircraft Crash in Mississippi

Military plane crashes in Mississippi; 5 dead 5 dead after military plane crashes
Saul Franklin | 13 July, 2017, 00:23

Their bodies were recovered late Monday, Leflore County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle told reporters. Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that a KC-130 military refueling tanker crashed about 85 miles north of Jackson.

"There's a lot of ammo in the plane, that's why we are keeping so far back", local WMC Action News 5 quoted a Mississippi State trooper at the site as saying.

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft crashed in MS on Monday evening, killing all those on board.

There are still no official statements or reports on the cause of the crash and the subsequent deaths.

Chris Nissen, who shot video of the aftermath, said there were lots of small explosions after the initial crash. The crash killed at least 16 people who were aboard the aircraft.

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-"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines' families, friends and fellow service members affected by this tragedy", said Lt. Col. Brad Crawford, executive officer for the 186th Air Refueling Wing. Debris has been scattered in five-mile radius and the search for additional victims is ongoing.

The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., as the squadron was supporting a requirement to transport personnel and equipment from there to Naval Air Field El Centro, Calif.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday that "Marine plane crash in MS is heartbreaking".

Secretary of the Interior, and Navy Seal, Ryan Zinke offered his condolences over Twitter.

The plane crashed in a field of soybean, according to the newspaper, which published pictures showing a thick plume of smoke rising from a field and rescue teams. Melania and I, he added, send our condolences to all. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant urged people Tuesday to stay away and said anyone finding an item related to the crash should turn it over to authorities.

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