Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

16 dead in military plane crash in Mississippi

16 dead in military plane crash in Mississippi

The KC-130 transport aircraft took off from the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in eastern North Carolina, the Corps said in a statement.

Fred Randle, county emergency management director, told reporters that there were no survivors and that all 16 victims were on the plane when it crashed.

The Marine Corps has not yet released the names of those killed in the crash. President Trump tweeted early Tuesday, "Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking". Thom Tillis in a statement issued Tuesday morning. 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.

"The tragedy in MS reminds us that the courageous men and women put themselves in harm's way every day - at home and overseas, in training and in combat in service to our nation", said Arizona Senator John McCain.

-Military officials have called in an explosive ordinance disposal team to the crash site. "It could be anything from manpower to evidence response".

Video footages of the crash site showed a plume of smoke billowing above the wrecked plane.

Military plane crashes in Mississippi; 5 dead
5 dead after military plane crashes

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said the incident was a "tragedy", but provided no other details.

Mayor Carolyn McAdams of Greenwood, the county seat, said military officials were traveling to the crash scene on Monday night. "(First Lady) Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!" Their unit is part of Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command.

The identities of those killed are not being disclosed, pending notification of next of kin.

Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Banks told the Greenwood Commonwealth that debris from the plane was scattered in a radius of about five miles.

But they were driven away by several "high-intensity explosions", likely the result of ammunition catching on fire, local media reported.

The Lockheed Martin KC-130 model aircraft is used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps for aerial refueling.

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