Friday, 22 September, 2017

Navy corpsman, 15 Marines killed in military plane crash

Marine Aircraft Disaster: 15 Marines, 1 Navy Corpsman Killed in Mississippi Crash Retired Marine familiar with planes speaks about aircraft that crashed
Christy Curtis | 14 July, 2017, 01:17

The Marines say the KC-130 refueling and cargo plane went down in a soybean field near Itta Bena, Mississippi. One site was approximately a half-mile north of USA 82, and the second site about a half-mile south of it, he said. The Federal Bureau of Investigations was aiding the Marine Corps in the investigation.

Witnesses said they heard low, rumbling explosions when the plane was still high in the sky Monday, saw the aircraft spiraling toward the flat, green landscape and spotted an apparently empty parachute floating toward the earth.

The FBI on Tuesday continued to investigate the deaths of 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman who were killed when their US military plan spiraled out of the sky and into the MS filed on Monday.

US President Donald Trump, in a tweet, said the news was "heartbreaking".

The Marine Corps said in a statement on Tuesday 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman were aboard the aircraft and killed in the crash.

Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!'

"The old name for it used to be Hercules", Johnson said of the plane carrying his son. "It was spinning down".

"We lived it so we know that freedom isn't free", said Jones.

"Beans are about waist-high, and there wasn't much sticking out above the beans", he said.

Tragedy also struck the close-knit command in March 2015 when seven of its Marines died with four soldiers in a helicopter crash during training off Florida. Law enforcement authorities had received reports that items were being taken from the site, with debris scattered for miles. Jones told CNN that there were bodies on the opposite side of U.S. 82 from the main crash site.

Sheriff's deputies and state troopers have been trying to control access to sites, but the broad area and number of roads makes that hard.

"It was one of the worst fires you can imagine", Jones said.

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

It's not clear how far apart the sites are, but one lies about a half-mile north of USA 82 and the other a half-mile south of the highway. "More information will be released as it becomes available".

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southeast of Raleigh and about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the Atlantic Ocean. They were all killed when the KC-130 aircraft exploded and went down in a soybean field in Mississippi.

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