News ID: 196490
Published: 0104 GMT July 11, 2017

At least 16 dead in military plane crash in Mississippi

At least 16 dead in military plane crash in Mississippi
A military transport plane crashed in a field on the western edge of Leflore County, Miss., on Monday. Credit Jimmy Taylor, via Associated Press

A military transport plane crashed in Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 16 people aboard, authorities said.

The Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft crashed in Leflore County, Mississippi – located about 85 miles north of Jackson – at around 4 p.m. local time, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, reported.

Speaking at a press conference late Monday, Leflore County Emergency Management Director Fred Randle said the crash scene was still being investigated. The FBI was also on the scene.

Randle said the cause of the crash was unknown and further details would come following next of kin notifications.

The Marine Corps, which said it operated the plane, announced the crash via Twitter at about 8:30 p.m. ET. It did not disclose where the flight originated or where it was headed.

"A USMC KC-130 experienced a mishap the evening of July 10," said Capt. Sarah Burns, a Marine Corps spokesperson said earlier. "Further information will be passed as available."

The Marine Corps has not confirmed the number of fatalities.

Published on Jul 11, 2017 At least sixteen people were killed when a U.S. military plane crashed in rural Mississippi on Monday evening.
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