The world is mourning the loss of several lives in a plane crash that is considered to be as the worst military plane crash since 2005. The crash took the lives of 16 people aboard. Additionally, it resulted in a fiery wreckage that spread the debris of the crash a few miles.
The KC-130 air tanker was carrying several members of an elite Marines spec ops unit for a training session in Arizona, The Washington Post reports. Mid-flight, the plane slammed down a soybean field in the Mississippi Delta just outside the small town of Itta Bena. The plane came from Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York and some of the fallen officers were from the base.
For now, investigators are still looking for clues as to why the plane crashed in the first place. No further developments have been made on the investigation yet.
The plane crash took the lives of 16 people, 15 of whom are Marines while one is a Navy sailor. The government and those in charge have yet to reveal the full identity of the fallen 16, but it’s likely that they’ll reveal the identities soon to give them the tribute they deserve for serving the country.
Before the crash, the witnesses said they heard low and unexplained explosions while the plane was still flying. After a while, the KC-130 air tanker began spiraling down the flat landscape. Witnesses said they saw a floating, empty parachute during the crash. The bodies were lay outside the crash site and some were found miles away from the plane.
US President Donald Trump recently offered his condolences to the fallen officers and their families in a tweet last Tuesday. “Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!,” says Trump.
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