16 troops were killed in a Marine Crops transport plane crash in the Mississippi Delta reported Military officials.
A footage taken from the air by the local news station WLBT-TV shows the plane burning and emitting black smoke visible for miles across the delta of Mississippi.
— WLBT 3 On Your Side (@WLBT) July 11, 2017
“The flight, which involved a KC-130 Hercules transport aircraft, originated at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. and disappeared from air traffic control radar over Mississippi,” said the Marines Crops.
“While the details of this incident are being investigated, our focus remains on providing the necessary resources and support to the family and friends of these service members as they go through this extremely difficult time,” added the Marines Corps in their brief statement.
Ricky Banks Leflore’s County Sheriff claimed that the officials are still searching for other victims from the crash into the soybean field.
“It’s hard to find bodies in the dark” related the County Sheriff Banks.
The eyewitness Andy Jones said that he heard a boom just before 4 p.m. when he worked on his familiy farm, and when he looked up he could see the plane with a burning engine followed by black smoke.
“You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around. It was spinning down,” explaind Jones. He also added that when he arrived on the crash site saw a very unpredictable fire. Unpredictable, the worst kind of fire, he said, because it was followed with small occasional explosions.
The president Donald Trump sent his condolences to the people affected from this plane crash via Twitter Tuesday morning.
“Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!” tweeted the president.
Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence also offered condolences to those involved via Twitter.
“Karen & I are praying for the families of the Marines who lost their lives. These Marines will be in our hearts,” Pence said.
Karen & I are praying for the families of the Marines who lost their lives. These Marines will be in our hearts. https://t.co/IQw2JhM1OX
— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 11, 2017
The FBI has reportedly joined local and state agencies to investigate the cause of the crash and to offer any additional assistance.