16 dead in U.S. military plane crash in Mississippi

Seven of 16 service members who died in the crash of a transport plane were part of a special operations unit, the U.S.

"He was thinking of looking into that, but he said, 'You know, I've got some time, '" Johnson said.

The Marine Corps said in a statement on Tuesday 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman were aboard the aircraft and killed in the crash. It previously refueled fighter jets patrolling the no-fly zone in Iraq before the 2003 invasion, and later it ferried troops and equipment into and out of the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, records and photographs of the plane show.

"It stings a bit more of course but I don't think that it makes it any more of a tragedy", he said.

Military officials continued to withhold the names of the dead, saying they were notifying family members.

Moody said the support of the entire community around Camp Lejeune will be critical in the days, weeks, months and even years ahead.


Joe Murray's father, Terry Murray, said Wednesday that the family is trying to reach out to his son's widow before commenting on the situation because they want to respect her wishes in this emotional time. The 16 servicemembers killed in the crash were not yet identified. It was based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, and headed to California after picking up crew from a Marine base at Cherry Point, North Carolina. The military KC-130T aircraft was bound for El Centro, Calif., according to a Marine Corps press release. They were all killed when the KC-130 aircraft exploded and went down in a soybean field in Mississippi.

Because the plane was carrying weapons and small-arms ammunition, an ordnance disposal team is also working in the area.

"Your looked up and you saw the plane twirling around", he said.

At a Wednesday news conference in Itta Bena, Commissioner Marshall Fisher said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as federal prosecutors in northern MS, are investigating.

Jones said firefighters tried to put out the blaze but were forced back by an explosion.


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