Sixteen die in US military plane crash in Mississippi
Jul 13 2017
President Trump on Tuesday expressed his condolences after a US Marine Corps. plane used for refueling crashed in rural MS, killing 16 service members on board.
The aircraft, known as the KC-130, was developed by Lockheed Martin for the Marine Corps as a refueling jet and large cargo carrier.
Its last known location was over rural MS, and the resulting debris from the crash was found in LeFlore County, fewer than 100 miles from Jackson, the state's capital.
Seven of the US troops killed were special operations forces, six were Marines and one was a sailor.
The Marine Corps has placed an investigation, which is supposed to last a few weeks from now, and will determine the cause of the crash that is still unknown to the authorities.
President Trump expressed his condolences in a tweet this morning: "Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking". The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, and was headed to California.
Officials have not released the names of those killed.
In a statementposted to the social media site Facebook, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant expressed sadness, but also provided no details. Further information will be released as available'.
Images shot by first responders showed plumes of dark smoke coming from the wreckage, which was burning.