Yesterday in the evening a U.S military plane crashed in rural area of Mississippi in which at least 16 people were dead, a regional emergency management official said. Immediately there were no official details available on the circumstances of the crash in northern Mississippi LeFlore County which is about 100 miles north of the state capital, Jackson. Initially reporting about five deaths, a spokeswoman from the Marine Corps, Captain Sarah Burns told news media that a U.S Marines KC-130 Hercules transport aircraft had experienced a mishap.
After few hours, LeFlore County director of emergency management, Fred Randle, told Reuters that at least 16 people had perished. Randle gave no further details of the incident.
Charlotte’s WSOC-TV reported saying that the Federal Aviation Administration that the flight originated from North Carolina’s Cherry Point where a Marine Corps air base is located. Brett Carr, FBI spokesman told New York Times that the agency was sending officials to the scene, but authorities did not believe in the involvement of foul play.
Mississippi office, told the newspaper, Carr, a spokesman for the bureau’s Jackson, “We are trying to offer any type of assistance. It could be anything from manpower to respond.”
Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Governor said on social media site Facebook that the incident was a tragedy, but does not provided any details. The Images posted by news agency showed the squashed detritus of a plane inundated in flames with a large crest of smoke in the sky in a field surrounded by tall vegetation .
According to a description on the U.S Navy website, The aircraft is used for air to air refueling to carry cargo and perform tactical passenger missions. However, the plane is operated by three crew members and can carry 92 ground troops or 64 paratroopers.