Marine Corps Refueling Tanker Plane Crashed In Mississippi Took 5 Lives

Michele Moreno
July 13, 2017

A Marine Corps transport plane crashed in a field in rural northwest MS around 4 p.m. Monday, killing all 16 people aboard, authorities said.

Citing the Federal Aviation Administration, WSOC-TV in Charlotte reported that the flight had originated from Cherry Point, in the state of North Carolina, home to a Marine Corps air base.

Sixteen people were killed when a U.S. military plane crashed in rural Mississippi.

The Marine Corps confirmed on Tuesday that all passengers onboard-15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman-were killed in the crash.

The Marine Corps has placed an investigation, which is supposed to last a few weeks from now, and will determine the cause of the crash that is still unknown to the authorities.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the crash, calling it "heartbreaking".

The aircraft was transporting six Marines and one Navy sailor from the 2d Marine Raider Battalion based in Camp Lejeune, WTVD reports.

The Marine Corps said that 16 service members died.

Stay with Local 4 and as more information becomes available about fallen service member Julian Kevianne.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known and the identities of those killed were not immediately released. The fire chief in Greenwood, Marcus Banks, said only that there were "multiple fatalities" in the episode, which occurred around 4 Leflore County, about two hours north of Jackson.

Jones said the plane hit the ground behind some trees in a soybean field, and by the time he and other reached the crash site, fires were burning too intensely to approach the wreckage.

The KC-130, a transport plane manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is mostly used to transport personnel, equipment as well as fuel. It was flying to California when the plane crashed at MS killing all 16 marines.

Austin Jones, who own a neighboring farm, and his son saw smoke coming out of the plane as it was crashing while he was working on his farm.

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