Marine KC-130 crash results in 16 deaths

Marine KC-130 crash results in 16 deaths

Marine KC-130 crash results in 16 deaths

Some Investigators on the scene have described to media outlets that "debris was found on both sides of the of the highway" leading them to believe an explosion may have happened prior to the crash.

Marine Corps Maj. Andrew Aranda says Tuesday that the flight of the KC-130T originated Monday from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.

In April 2000, 19 people were killed in the crash of a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft that flies like a plane but can hover and land like a helicopter.

Tuesday morning, the Marines Forces Reserve confirmed that the crew and passengers consisted of 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman.

Though the Marine Corps has not released any details, the aircraft may have suffered a "structural failure" at 20,000, Alan Hammons, an official with Mississippi's Greenwood Airport, told local CBS affiliate WNCN.

A Marine Corps spokeswoman said the KC-130 Hercules transport aircraft - which was used as a refuelling tanker - had experienced a mishap.

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"You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around", Jones told the Associated Press.

Susan and I send our deepest condolences to the families of the Marines who lost their lives in service to our nation. The cause of the crash is not yet known, and an investigation is underway.

All 16 service members who were aboard the plane died, officials said.

The Marines' commandant expressed his "deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the aircraft mishap yesterday afternoon in MS".

Tillis said the crash is a reminder of the dangers that military personnel face even on training missions.

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

Fire Chief Marcus Banks told the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper that debris from the refueling aircraft had scattered in a radius of about 5 miles (8 km). Photos and videos showed thick plumes of black smoke billowing from the scene. There were also several large explosions.

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