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At Least 16 Dead in Marine Aircraft Crash in Mississippi

On Monday evening, a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 refueling aircraft crashed in a soy bean field in Mississippi, killing at least 16 people.

The Marine Corps said the plane “experienced a mishap” and spiraled down to the ground roughly 85 miles north of Jackson. Debris has been scattered in five-mile radius and the search for additional victims is ongoing. Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told the Associated Press that the search would continue after dark.

Banks initially told Greenwood Commonwealth that they believe 16 people were on board but later could not confirm that, but they .

Firefighters struggle to control the fire due the jet fuel, which led them to rely on unmanned devices. There were also several large explosions.

Austin Jones, who own a neighboring farm, and his son saw smoke coming out of the plane as it was crashing while he was working on his farm.

“It’s burning worse now than it was early in the afternoon,” he said.

Officials have not released any information as to what caused the plane to crash or where the flight took off from.

 

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