Military plane was headed to El Centro base before Mississipi field crash killed 16 servicemembers

MISSISSIPPI (KUSI) — 9:30 a.m. —A Marine Corps plane was carrying 15 marines and a Navy corpsman when it crashed and burned in a Mississippi field Tuesday night, killing all passengers.

Debris from the KC-130 tanker was scattered for miles and witnesses described seeing black smoke spewing from the spiraling plane before it crashed into a soybean field about 85 miles north of Jackson. One witness said some bodies were found more than a mile away. 

The flight took off from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina and was heading to Naval Air Field El Centro in California and was carrying members from a Newburgh, New York-based reserve squadron. The 16 servicemembers killed in the crash were not yet identified. 

A Marine Corps spokesperson told the Associated Press no foul play was suspected in the crash. The Federal Bureau of Investigations was aiding the Marine Corps in the investigation. 

The aircraft, a KC-130, is one of the most used planes in the military. It can be modified to be used for carrying cargo, transporting troops or carrying out inflight refueling, according to CNN. 

Monday 8:00 p.m. — Sixteen people are believed to be dead following the crash of a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft in Leflore County, Mississippi.

According to CNN, County Emergency Management Director Fred Randle said all 16 victims were on the plane and that there were no survivors.

The aircraft, a KC-130, is one of the most used planes in the military. It can be modified to be used for carrying cargo, transporting troops or carrying out inflight refueling, according to CNN. 

5:30 p.m. — At least five people were killed Monday after a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft crashed about 85 miles north of Jackson, according to the Associated Press.

County Sheriff Ricky Banks told AP that at least five of the nine people reportedly on board have been confirmed dead. 

It was unclear where the flight originated from. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

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