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16 killed in Marine plane crash in rural Mississippi

16 killed in Marine plane crash in rural Mississippi

All 16 troops aboard a Marine Corps air-refueling and transport aircraft were killed when the plane crashed in a field in rural MS, officials said Tuesday. Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day to defend our great nation and the freedoms we cherish.

Officials said six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Sheriff's deputies and state troopers have been trying to control access to sites, but the broad area and number of roads makes that hard.

"It stings a bit more of course but I don't think that it makes it any more of a tragedy", he said. My heart also goes out to their colleagues and others who worked with them.

Moody said the support of the entire community around Camp Lejeune will be critical in the days, weeks, months and even years ahead.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire MARSOC family at this time", the chief of staff said.

Fifteen Marines and a Navy sailor were killed. Investigators are continuing work at the crash site in rural MS where the KC-130 transport plane hit during its flight from Cherry Point to a Naval Air Station in Yuma, Ariz.

The investigative board involves service members from the Naval Safety Center and other representatives from the Marines' mishap unit, who are specially trained to handle these kinds of situations. The military KC-130T aircraft was bound for El Centro, Calif., according to a Marine Corps press release.

James says officials will now continue the recovery process and investigation.

Orange County is home to Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.

Often used for airborne refueling, the KC-130, made by Lockheed Martin Corp., also can deliver cargo, troops and equipment.

"Your looked up and you saw the plane twirling around", he said. 49 were among those killed in Monday's crash in Mississippi.

An intense fire, fed by jet fuel, hampered firefighters, causing them to turn to unmanned devices in an attempt to control the flames, authorities said. The Marine Corps says personal weapons and small-arms ammunition were aboard.