Detroit Marine among 16 killed in military plane crash

Detroit Marine among 16 killed in military plane crash

A former Shenandoah High School football star was among the 16 military members killed in the crash of a Marine Corps refueling plane Monday.

The search for additional victims is continuing. The KC-130 Hercules aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar after taking off from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina, the Marine Corps said in a statement.

"There is a large debris pattern" and two major impact areas a mile apart, he said.

Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that officials were still searching for bodies after nightfall.

Mr Aranda said numerous Marines were from a unit based in NY with active duty and reserve members.

According to Department of Defense policy, the names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after each one person's family has been notified.

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An FBI spokesman Brett Carr told the New York Times that the agency was sending officials to the scene, but authorities did not believe foul play was involved. Anyone who happens to find debris or something they believe may be related to the crash should call authorities at 1-800-ATF-GUNS.

One of the eye witnesses, Andy Jones, said that he saw the KC-130 plane corkscrewing downward to the ground with smoke coming out from one engine just before 4 p.m.in the evening.

Witnesses said they heard low, rumbling explosions when the plane was still high in the sky over MS on Monday. "It was spinning down".

Jones said firefighters tried to put out the fire at the main crash site but withdrew after an explosion forced them back. Jones stated that the force, with which the plane crashed into the ground almost flattened the aircraft. Another catfish farmer found an empty, open parachute later near a fish pond, Nobile said.

The Marine Corps says personal weapons and small-arms ammunition were aboard.

This story has been corrected to reflect that the aircraft was a plane, not a jet.

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