Marines, 1 sailor from Camp Lejeune killed in plane crash
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 12, 2017,
Jul 12, 2017, 0:13
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation is at the scene of 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 replies to the tweet, it confirmed it was talking about the crash in MS but also stated that "further information [would] be released as available".
A military refueling tanker crashed about 85 miles north of Mississippi's capital Jackson.
"Most of them are gonna be Marines", he said.
Trump tweeted early Tuesday, "Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking".
The aircraft was a KC-130, one of the most extensively used planes in the military.
Billows of smoke surround the site of a fatal military plane crash in MS on July 10, 2017.
Debris from the crash is reportedly spread over a wide area.
According to a report from local news station WNBD, a MS airport official was quoted as saying, "The plane was being tracked by air traffic controllers in Memphis [Tennessee] and suffered structural failure at 20,000 feet that caused it to plunge into the field".
All 16 victims were on the plane and there were no survivors from the aircraft.
President Trump expressed his condolences in a tweet this morning: "Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking".
Marine Corps spokeswoman Lt. Kristine Rascicot also confirmed the military aircraft involved in the crash was a USMC KC-130; however, she did not specify any more details, according to USA Today.
Two US Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters receive fuel from a KC-130 Hercules over the Gulf of Aden. "This is a tragic reminder of the dangers our servicemembers are confronted with on a daily basis, including the training missions that are needed to help keep our nation safe at home and overseas".
Banks described several "high-intensity explosions" that drove away firefighters, the Commonwealth reported. Photos and videos showed thick plumes of black smoke billowing from the scene.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released a statement on his Facebook page saying: 'Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy.
He was unable to publicly identify any service members killed in the fiery wreck, he said early Tuesday afternoon.