16 dead in US military plane crash in Mississippi

2017-07-11 06:13
(Jimmy Taylor via AP)

(Jimmy Taylor via AP)

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Itta Bena - Sixteen people died on Monday when a US military plane crashed in the southern state of Mississippi, CNN reported, citing a local emergency official.

All 16 victims were on the Marine Corps aircraft and there were no survivors, Leflore County emergency management director Fred Randle told the network.

Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that a KC-130 military refuelling tanker crashed about 135km north of Jackson.

Marine Corps spokesperson Capt. Sarah Burns said in a statement that a Marine KC-130 "experienced a mishap" on Monday evening but provided no further details.

Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Banks, no relation to the sheriff, said the crash was reported about 4 p.m. CDT and debris from the plane was scattered in a radius of about 8km. An intense fire fed by jet fuel hampered firefighters, Banks said, causing them to turn to unmanned devices in an attempt to control the flames.

"We were driven away by several high-intensity explosions," he said.

Aerial pictures taken by WLBT-TV showed the skeleton of the plane burning strongly, producing plumes of black smoke visible for miles across the flat landscape of the delta.

Austin Jones, who owns a neighboring farm, said the fire continued after sunset.

"It's burning worse now than it was early in the afternoon," said Jones. He said his son watched the plane go down while working on the farm and said it was smoking as it descended.

Officials did not release information on what caused the crash or where the flight originated.

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