Fifteen Marines and Navy corpsman killed in military plane crash in Mississippi

Fifteen Marines and Navy corpsman killed in military plane crash in Mississippi

A Marine from New Jersey was among 16 killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire MARSOC family at this time", MARSOC's chief of staff said in a statement released by the military.

Duke University has lowered the United States and North Carolina flags in tribute to the 16 service members who died Monday night in a Marine KC-130 transport aircraft crash. The Marine Corps said the aircraft "experienced a mishap".

The father of a Vermont man killed in a military training mission in MS said Wednesday his son told him he had the best job in the Marine Corps.

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A US Air Force investigation blamed the crash of the C-130J on the misuse of a night-vision goggles case that the pilot had placed in front of the cockpit yoke while the plane was on the ground.

James said that there is a "large debris pattern", including two main impact areas separated by a mile, with a four-lane highway in between them.

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

At a Wednesday news conference in Itta Bena, Commissioner Marshall Fisher said the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as federal prosecutors in Northern Mississippi, are investigating.

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Fifteen Marines and one Navy sailor were killed, the U.S. Marine Corps said.

"There's a lot of ammo in the plane", the state trooper said, according to WLOX. The names of the deceased were being withheld until family members were notified. "He was a Marine", said Hutto.

He also wanted to get back into painting and sketching; he once surprised the family with portraits of his grandfather and father-in-law when they graduated from Navy boot camp.

It supports the 2nd Marine Aviation Wing, providing, among other services, KC-130 aircraft used for in-flight refueling.

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