Marine Corps Aircraft Crashes, Killing 16

USA officials on Tuesday were investigating the cause of a military transport plane crash that killed 16 service members including elite special operations forces a day earlier, leaving a miles-long trail of wreckage in rural northern Mississippi. The flight originated at an air station in Cherry Point, N.C.

MFR said due to having small arms ammunition and personal weapons onboard, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is at the scene as a precautionary measure. It crashed on the Sunflower-Leflore county line in central MS, he said.

The incident was a "tragedy", Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said in a statement on social media site Facebook, but provided no details.

Six of the Marines and the sailor were members of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion under the Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC), 2nd Lt. Stephanie L. Leguizamon said.

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The Marine Corp KC-130 crash in Mississippi's Leflore County left 15 Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman dead.

Jones said the plane had crashed into a soybean field and that fires from the crash made it unsafe to approach the wreckage.

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

The Corps said identities of those killed are being withheld while their families are notified. Further information will be released as available'.

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"Jones said he was working on his family's catfish farm just before 4 p.m. when he heard a boom and looked up to see the plane corkscrewing downward with one engine smoking".

Investigators told ABC's MS affiliate WLOX-TV that debris was found on both sides of the highway, which they said could indicate that the plane may have exploded mid-air. Marcus Banks, the Greenwood Fire Chief, told the Greenwood Commonwealth that the plane's debris was scattered in a 5-mile radius from the crash site.

A C-130 has crashed in LeFlore County, claiming at least five lives, officials said.

Debris from the crash covered both sides of Highway 82 in the MS delta, between the towns of Itta Bena and Moorehead, Miss.

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