TEHRAN (defapress) - A military refueling aircraft crashed Monday afternoon in a soybean field in Leflore County, killing at least 16 and leaving a debris field five miles in radius, officials said.
News ID: 65297
Publish Date: 11July 2017 - 14:52
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson
said the plane crashed on the Sunflower-Leflore county line.
Leflore County EMA Director Frank Randle confirmed that 16
are dead in the crash.
"Most of them are gonna be Marines," he said. He
could not confirm whether there were any civilians on the plane, USA today
The US Marine Corps Twitter account posted that "A USMC
KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10. Further information will be
released as available."
Marine Corps spokeswoman Lt. Kristine Rascicot confirmed
that the plane that crashes was a USMC KC-130, but said she was not able to
release any more details.
Capt. Sarah Burns said in a statement that a Marine C-130
"experienced a mishap" Monday evening, echoing almost the exact
language of the tweet.
A KC-130 aircraft is an extended-range tanker version of the
Lockheed C-130 Hercules that has been modified for aerial refueling. The C-130
Hercules is a four-engine turboprop aircraft used primarily for military
transportation. It's known as a workhorse used in refueling, humanitarian
missions, firefighting, search and rescue, and combat missions, according to
the Lockheed Martin website.
It wasn't clear Monday evening where the flight originated
or where it was headed.
Leflore County deputy coroner Will Gnemi confirmed that his
office was called to the accident scene. He said investigators were looking for
other victims at the rural crash site, searching in a soybean field with tall
Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Banks told the Greenwood Commonwealth's
Tim Kalich that the debris field was about five miles in radius.
Banks told the Commonwealth that the call came in around 4
p.m. An aircraft crash truck rushed to the scene, and 4,000 gallons of foam
were used in an effort to put out the fire, he said.
Firefighters were driven away by several
"high-intensity explosions," Banks told the Commonwealth, adding that
they thought it was possibly some ammunition igniting.
The Commonwealth reported that the flight last contacted air
traffic controllers at an elevation of about 20,000 feet.
"Please join Deborah and me in praying for those
hurting after this tragedy," Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in a
statement on Facebook. "Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every
day to secure our freedom."
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson
said the NTSB was not involved in the investigation because the plane was a