US Military Plane Crashes In Mississippi, 16 Dead

5 dead after military plane crashes in Le Flore County Mississippi

Other reports state the aircraft may have suffered an explosion mid air before it fell to the ground.

A Marine spokesman says a Navy corpsman and 15 Marines were killed in when a military plane crashed in rural MS as it was headed from North Carolina to California.

"The plane is believed to have exploded in mid-air".

The accident took place around 16 h, and the firemen had to intervene to extinguish the fire, indicates for its part the local newspaper the Clarion-Ledger.

The plane vanished from air traffic control radar somewhere over MS, the statement continued.

Local catfish farmer Andy Jones described the force of the crash as almost flattening the plane, which he said could barely be seen above the waist-high bean crop.

He was unable to publicly identify any service members killed in the fiery wreck, he said early Tuesday afternoon.

"There's a lot of ammo in the plane", the state trooper said, according to WLOX.

A MS state trooper on the scene told reporters that the plane had been loaded with ammunition. An intense fire fed by jet fuel hampered firefighters, Banks said, causing them to turn to unmanned devices in an attempt to control the flames.

The KC-130 Hercules is used for air-to-air refueling, to carry cargo and perform tactical passenger missions.

"Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking", Trump tweeted.

While the cause of Monday's crash has yet to be determined, the Marine Corps has in the past decade struggled mightily to maintain aircraft readiness in the face of austere budgets and an at-times crushing operational tempo.

"A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 mishap occurred in the evening of July 10", the Marine Corps tweeted.

"Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy", Bryant said in a statement.

Many people also posted tributes to the fallen Marines on social media.

However, the casualty count later increased dramatically. Stay with WJTV 12 as we get you answers on the investigation from Leflore County.

There have been 16 confirmed deaths so far, according to authorities.

The names of the victims were being withheld pending notification of their next of kin.

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