Emergency workers are desperately working to clean up the scene of an accident where a military plane crashed in a soybean field in Leflore County, according to the Tennessean. The incident took the lives of at least sixteen people.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson said that the plane crashed right on the Sunflower-Leflore county line.
“Most of [the dead] are gonna be Marines,” confirmed Sheriff Rick Banks. At this time, he couldn’t say whether or not civilians were also on the plane.
USMC KC-130 Mishap Takes 16 Lives
The Tennessean reports:
“A late-night briefing by Randle just before 11 p.m. Monday did not reveal any new details except to say people who are not responders should avoid the area because there is still flammable fuel on the scene.”
“The U.S. Marine Corps Twitter account posted that “A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10. Further information will be released as available.” Capt. Sarah Burns echoed that Twitter language in a statement, saying a Marine KC-130 ‘experienced a mishap’ Monday evening.”
“Marine Corps spokeswoman Lt. Kristine Rascicot confirmed that the crash was, in fact, a USMC KC-130, but said she’s not able to release any more details. So far there is no word on where the plane was coming from or where it was going.”
Please Pray For The Families Of The Departed
“The planes can be modified for various uses including carrying cargo, transporting troops or carrying out inflight refueling. Secretary of the Interior and Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke tweeted his condolences saying: “Please join me in praying for or sending good thoughts to the families and unit of the Marines we lost tonight in the C 130 crash.”