A Marine Corps transport plane that crashed in MS, killing 16 service members, experienced an emergency at high altitude and left two debris fields a mile apart, a Marine general said Wednesday, bolstering witness accounts that the plane broke up or exploded while in the air. Investigators are still trying to determine why the KC-130 air tanker plummeted to the ground in rural MS on Monday afternoon.
The Marine Corps says personal weapons and small-arms ammunition were aboard.
A KC-130 Hercules with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 prepares to refuel a CH-53E Super Stallion during air refueling training in the United States 5th Fleet area of responsibility, March 14, 2013.
The U.S. Marines released the names of 16 military members who were killed earlier this week in a plane crash in Mississippi.
Marine Maj. Caine Goyette was among the 15 Marines and one Navy sailor killed when their KC-130 aircraft went down.
Witnesses described hearing a loud crackling noise around the time of the plane crash.
The Marines Corps plane incident killed #Sixteen people.The crash took place in LeFlore County, 160 km north of the state capital, Jackson.
It also reignited a debate on safety from at least one publication: The Marine Times, which said the U.S. Marine Corps has struggled to keep aircraft maintained, in part, because of budget cuts over the last decade.
While it's unknown exactly where this Raider team would have deployed, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion is paired with U.S. Central Command, which means they would have likely gone to the Middle East.
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.
Nine of the Marines were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. Kevianne, Sgt. Owen J. Lennon, Cpl. Two of them joined the Marines more than 23 years ago, with others have served for fewer than two years.
Cpl. Daniel L. Baldassare of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York.