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Mississippi: US Marine Corps aircraft crashes, 16 dead

13 July 2017

USA officials were investigating on Tuesday the cause of a military transport plane crash that killed 16 service members a day earlier, leaving a five-mile trail of wreckage in rural northern Mississippi.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop aircraft used primarily for military transportation.

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.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire MARSOC family at this time", the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command said in a statement.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the crash earlier today, calling it "heartbreaking".

Officials said six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

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The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and the crash is under investigation.

The flight had departed from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina, the Marine Corps said in a statement Tuesday. The fire chief in Greenwood, Marcus Banks, said only that there were "multiple fatalities" in the episode, which occurred around 4 Leflore County, about two hours northwest of Jackson. "More information will be released as it becomes available".

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

A person by the name Austin Jones, who owned a nearby farm, said that he saw flames till sunset, and was in fear if the fire headed towards his farm.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said the incident was a "tragedy", but provided no other details. "Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!" he wrote.

Mayor Carolyn McAdams of Greenwood, the county seat, said military officials were traveling to the crash scene on Monday night.

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Mississippi: US Marine Corps aircraft crashes, 16 dead