Sixteen die in US military plane crash in Mississippi

Hope Soto
July 12, 2017

A witness said some bodies were found more than a mile from the crash site.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southeast of Raleigh and about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the Atlantic Ocean.

Federal Aviation Administration officials contacted the Marines when the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar over MS, officials said.

The reason for the crash was not immediately clear nor were there any further details about where the plane had come from or where it was flying to.

The KC-130 Hercules tanker reportedly corkscrewed into a soybean field about 85 miles north of Jackson, the state capital, military officials said.

" 'Beans are about waist-high, and there wasn't much sticking out above the beans, ' he said".

Seven of the USA troops killed in the MS plane crash were special operations forces based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

In a 2015 plane crash of a US C-130 cargo plane in Afghanistan - which killed 14 people - the cause ended up being "the misuse of a night-vision goggles case that the pilot had placed in front of the cockpit yoke while the plane was on the ground", reported CNN.

As the plane crashed, flames and dark smoke emanated upward and hope of any survivors is nearly zero.

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Investigators have yet to identify the cause of the crash and reveal the names of the service members aboard the aircraft, the Marine Corps said in a statement.

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

President Donald Trump offered condolences, "Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking".

The KC-130T from Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron 452 took off from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, on a mission to Naval Air Field El Centro, California, according to a Marine Corps Forces Reserve statement on Tuesday.

An estimated 4,000 gallons of foam were used to extinguish the fire that erupted from the crumpled wreckage, Greenwood Fire Department Chief Marcus Banks told the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper. Local news coverage shows the plane as a totally destroyed burning hulk laying pancaked in a field.

The military aircraft believed to be a Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop aircraft used mainly for military transportation.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant called the crash a tragedy, paying tribute to Our men and women in uniform [who] risk themselves every day to secure our freedom.

"We were driven away by several high-intensity explosions", he said.

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