At least 16 people have died after a U.S. military plane crashed in the southern state of MS at around 16:00 local time (21:00 GMT) on Monday.
The Marines have confirmed that an "accident" involving a device of the type KC-130 had taken place in the evening, without providing more precision.
The KC-130 transport aircraft crashed into a field in rural MS, killing at least 16 people aboard and spreading debris for miles, officials said.
The Marine Corps said on social media that a "mishap" had occurred.
One of the plane's stops was in North Carolina, presumably to pick up the seven commandos.
The aircraft, which was capable of providing air-to-air refueling, rapid ground refueling and logistic support to operating forces, had departed an air station in Cherry Point in eastern North Carolina to transport personnel and equipment to a naval air field in El Centro, officials said.
Following the initial reports, several state and federal politicians and officials have already given statements of condolences following the crash. It was a KC-130T from Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron (VMGR) 452, Marine Air Group-49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve based out of NY.
Reuters pointed out that the U.S. Navy's website said the aircraft is able to carry 92 ground troops or 64 paratroopers.
-Small arms ammunition and weapons were on board when the aircraft went down.
WELNA: An explosive ordinance disposal team was at the crash site today.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that the crash was heartbreaking.
Family identified Julian Kevianne, 31, as a victim of the KC-130 air tanker's crash in the Mississippi Delta while en route to a training in Arizona, the Free Press reported. "Our thoughts & prayers w/everyone involved". Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, pledged "a thorough investigation into the cause of this tragedy".
Though the Marine Corps has not released any details, the aircraft may have suffered a "structural failure" at 20,000, Alan Hammons, an official with Mississippi's Greenwood Airport, told local CBS affiliate WNCN.
Sixteen people are dead after a Marine KC-130 crashed Monday near Moorhead, Mississippi. She said she was unable to provide information about the base assignments of the other nine people who died.
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