Evidence From Marine KC-130 Crash Site Points to Mid-Air Disaster

A Marine Corps KC-130T ride aircraft that went down over Mississippi on Monday left not one, though dual vital impact sites, located roughly a mile apart, a commander of a haven section that owned a aircraft pronounced Wednesday.

In a press discussion hold in LeFlore County, Mississippi, Brig. Gen. Bradley James, commander of a 4th Marine Air Wing, pronounced officials initial had indications that something was wrong on a moody when a atmosphere trade control building mislaid hit with a plane, nicknamed Yankee 72, around 4 p.m. Central Time on Monday.

The aircraft, that belonged to Marine Aerial Refueling Squadron (VMGR)-452, out of Newburgh, New York, had been tasked with transporting 6 Marines and a soldier belonging to Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command from Cherry Point, North Carolina to Yuma, Arizona, for team-level pre-deployment training. The track of a moody would take it by Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, James said.

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Shortly after atmosphere trade controllers mislaid contact, James said, vast plumes of fume were detected in a area of Itta Bena, Mississippi. The dual impact areas were located half a mile north and south of Mississippi’s U.S. Route 82.

“Indications are, something went wrong during journey altitude,” James said. “There is a vast waste pattern.”

All 16 infantry aboard a aircraft, including a 7 from MARSOC’s 2nd Marine Raider Battalion and 9 Marine aircrew from VMGR-452, perished in a crash. Their names are being funded by a infantry in tact of a 24-hour duration following family notification.

It stays misleading what eventuality could have caused a aircraft to mangle detached before to impact, as a justification indicates.

James took no questions Wednesday though voiced interjection to, among others, a FBI; a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; a Mississippi Department of Homeland Security; and Army and Air Force bomb ordnance ordering teams, all of that have supposing assistance in a arise of a crash.

Marine officials pronounced yesterday EOD teams had been posted during a pile-up sites as a reserve precaution. Officials are preserving a impact sites in sequence to control an review into what caused a crash, James said.

Marshall Fisher, commissioner of Mississippi’s Department of Public Safety, warned a open to equivocate touching pieces of craft disadvantage they competence confront and to news any such commentary to state officials. The pile-up area has been secured, he said.

Marine Corps officials are approaching to announce a names of a depressed in entrance days.

— Hope Hodge Seck can be reached during hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter during @HopeSeck.

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