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In a tragic incident, almost 16 people died after a military flight crashed along Mississippi's Sunflower-LeFlore County line, officials have said.
Fifteen Marines and one Navy sailor were onboard, the U.S. Marine Corps said.
The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point near Havelock, North Carolina, as the squadron was transporting personnel and equipment from there to Naval Air Field El Centro in California, the Marine Corps said in a press release.
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Six Marines and a sailor killed in a military plane crash in MS on Monday were members of a Special Operations force based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, a Marines public affairs officer said. "More information will be released as it becomes available".
President Trump on Tuesday extended his condolences after a Marine Corps airplane crash Monday left 16 people dead.
Jones said the plane had crashed into a soybean field and that fires from the crash made it unsafe to approach the wreckage. In his own words, he said, "You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around,"."It was spinning down". Melania and I, he added, send our condolences to all.
Greenwood Fire Department Chief Marcus Banks told the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper that firefighters were driven back by several "high-intensity explosions" that may have been caused by ammunition igniting.
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 other nine Marines aboard, and the plane, were based in Newburgh, N.Y., Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus said.