Marine Corps aircraft crashes in Mississippi, murdering during slightest 16, including Special Operations troops

Military investigators picked by a charred disadvantage of a Marine Corps load craft Tuesday, seeking clues on since it spiraled out of a sky in western Mississippi, murdering 15 Marines and one Navy sailor, pronounced a Marine statement.

The passed enclosed a series of chosen Marine Raiders, pronounced dual people informed with crash. Both spoke on a condition of anonymity since of a attraction of a incident.

The tiny Marine Special Operations village has been strike generally tough by aviation accidents in new years. In 2015, 7 of a chosen infantry died when they were drifting aboard an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter that crashed during a training practice off a Florida panhandle.

The examine into Monday’s pile-up of a KC-130 aircraft, en track from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., was ongoing, a Marine matter added. The craft is used for refueling and carrying load and troops. Equipment onboard a aircraft during a time of a pile-up enclosed tiny arms and ammunition, another Marine matter said. Bomb ordering experts have been dispatched to a stage as a precaution.

The names of those killed were not immediately done open tentative presentation of family members, a Marine matter said.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson told a Clarion-Ledger that a aircraft crashed on a Leflore-Sunflower county line, a farming widen of woods and fields with unenlightened shelter and foliage about 85 miles north of Jackson. Earlier, Sheriff Ricky Banks told a Ledger that 5 of a organisation members were reliable dead.

Andy Jones, a internal resident, told a Associated Press that he was operative on his family’s trout plantation only before 4 p.m. when he listened a bang and looked adult to see a craft corkscrewing downward with one engine smoking.

“You looked adult and we saw a craft twirling around,” he said. “It was spinning down.”

He told a AP that a craft strike a belligerent behind some trees in a soybean field, and by a time he and other reached a pile-up site, fires were blazing too greatly to proceed a wreckage. The force of a pile-up scarcely flattened a plane, Jones said.

“Beans are about waist-high, and there wasn’t most adhering out above a beans,” he said.

Pictures posted to Facebook and published by a Ledger showed thick black fume entrance from a field. The waste margin appears to camber a vast area.

In a matter Tuesday morning a commandant of a Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, affianced a consummate review of the incident.

“On interest of a whole Marine Corps, we wish to demonstrate my deepest condolences to a families of those killed in a aircraft fumble yesterday afternoon in Mississippi,” Neller said.

The KC-130 is a four-engine propeller-driven aircraft that is a various of a Cold War-era C-130 Hercules. The craft can be configured to refuel aircraft in midair or apparatus on a ground. It can also transport infantry and apparatus and in some cases lift an array of weapons.

Brian Murphy and Dan Lamothe contributed to this report.


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