16 dead after military plane crashes in Mississippi

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LEFLORE COUNTY, Miss. — Sixteen people are dead in the crash of a Marine Corps airplane in Leflore County, Mississippi, according to Fred Randle, county emergency management director.

Randle said all 16 victims were on the plane and there were no survivors from the aircraft.


The aircraft was a KC-130, one of the most extensively used planes in the military. The planes can be modified for various uses including carrying cargo, transporting troops or carrying out inflight refueling.

The Marine Corps announced the incident on its Twitter account, but did not provide details.

"A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10," the U.S. Marines confirmed on Twitter. "Further information will be released as available."

The plane crashed in a field near County Road 237 and Highway 82, which is near the Leflore County/Sunflower County line.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant posted on Facebook, "Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy. Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom."