In US : 16 dead in Mississippi military plane crash

5 dead after military plane crashes in Le Flore County Mississippi

The Marine Corps said it had sent an explosive disposal team to the scene as a precaution.

The military plane was traveling from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in 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.

In a Tuesday morning tweet, President Donald Trump offered condolences.

Officials said they had recovered 12 bodies from the crash site.

No official details were immediately available on the circumstances of the crash in northern Mississippi's LeFlore County, about 100 miles north of Jackson, the state capital.

"Most of them are gonna be Marines", he said.

Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, posted on Twitter: "Deeply saddened by the loss of life in today's @USMC KC-130 crash in the Mississippi Delta".

Investigators told ABC's MS affiliate WLOX-TV that debris was found on both sides of the highway, which they said could indicate that the plane may have exploded mid-air.




The FBI has joined the investigation for a cause in the KC-130 Marine plane crash in Mississippi.

All 16 victims were on the plane and there were no survivors from the aircraft.

In a statement, Captain Sarah Burns said the KC-130 refueling tanker had "experienced a mishap" Monday evening, but provided no details.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant asked the public to pray for those who were impacted by the incident.

The plane crashed about 4 p.m. and Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that the search for bodies continued after dark over a debris field that stretched for miles.

Deployed in 1983, the KC-130 Hercules was designed by Lockheed Martin, and is used for air-to-air refueling, tactical passenger missions, and cargo transport, according to the U.S. Navy website.

Aerial pictures taken by WLBT-TV showed the skeleton of the plane burning strongly.

The fire chief noted that firefighters were pushed away by several "high-intensity explosions" and said they believed it could possibly be some ammunition igniting.

Capt. Sarah Burns said in a statement that a Marine C-130 "experienced a mishap" Monday evening, echoing nearly the exact language of the tweet.

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