Multiple people dead in military plane crash

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At least 16 people have died in a United States military plane crash in rural MS, with the local governor describing the incident as a "tragedy". The cause of the crash remains undetermined.

On Tuesday morning President Trump offered his condolences via a tweet. Gen. Bradley S. James, commanding general, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marines Forces Reserve, said at the press conference in Itta Bena, Mississippi, Wednesday morning. He said there are two large impact areas of the crash site: the first one is about a half a mile north of Highway 82 and the second is about a half a mile south of Highway 82.

The KC-130 Hercules, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp, conducts air-to-air refueling, carries cargo and performs tactical passenger missions.

According to Department of Defense policy, the names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after each one person's family has been notified.

Accidents involving USA military aircraft are not uncommon, but rarely do they claim so many lives.

The Marine KC-130 crashed Monday afternoon, leaving a fiery wreckage and spreading debris for miles.




"Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking". "Our hearts go out to the families of those killed, as well as the Marines they served alongside".

Chris Nissen, who shot video of the aftermath, said there were lots of small explosions after the initial crash.

The North Carolina senator is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel.

It plunged into a field about 160km north of Jackson, the MS capital.

The fire chief of nearby Greenwood, Marcus Bank told to Green Commonwealth that the aircraft was scattered in a radius of 5 miles.

Capt. Sarah Burns, a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps, said the refueling tanker "experienced a mishap" but gave no further details, the AP reported.

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