A U.S. Marine Corps aircraft KC-130 from Tennessee, crashed in Mississippi on Monday. The military plane with sixteen service members on board, crashed into a soybean field about 85 miles north of Jackson at around 4pm local time, Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks confirmed. The blast left bodies strewn across the motorway over a mile away from the crash site, according to witnesses.Rescue team present at the scene said they were met with “high-intensity explosions”, and a local cop said the plane was loaded with ammunition. The Mississippi State Trooper told WMC Action News 5: “There’s a lot of ammo in the plane. That’s why we are keeping so far back. “We just don’t know what it’ll do. It burns a bit then goes out, burns a little more, then dies down.”The Leflore County Emergency Management chief has confirmed the death toll had risen from the five deaths reported earlier. Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Clarion Ledger: “Most of [the dead] are gonna be Marines.” It is not known whether any civilians were also on the plane or what sparked the deadly crash.
A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10. Further information will be released as available. pic.twitter.com/QEFhooJZmC
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