15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman are dead after a KC-130T refueling tanker crashed into a soybean field about 85 miles north of Jackson, Miss. on Monday. The exact cause of the crash is currently unknown.
According to a statement put out by the Marine Corps, the Marine plane originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. and was transporting personnel and equipment—including “various small arms ammunition and personal weapons”—from there to Naval Air Field El Centro, Calif. when it disappeared from air traffic control radar.
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Alan Hammons, an official at Greenwood Airport, told WNCN that the Marine plane suffered a “structural failure” at 20,000 feet. The plane spiraled into the field at around 4 p.m., with debris reportedly scattered in a nearly five mile radius.
Authorities described a massive fire as a result of jet fuel in the middle of the field. Firefighters used unmanned devices to control the flames. Multiple “high-intensity explosions” were also seen, in addition to plumes of black smoke visible for miles, Fox News said.
Andy Jones, who works on a farm nearby, said he heard …Read the Rest
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