FBI investigating after Marine Corps plane crashes in Mississippi

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Miss.) — A military transport plane crashed in Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 16 people aboard, authorities said.

The Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft crashed in LeFlore County, Mississippi — located about 85 miles north of Jackson — at around 4 p.m. local time, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Speaking at a press conference late Monday, LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Fred Randle said the crash scene was still being investigated. The FBI was also on the scene.

Randle said the EMA would hold another press conference on Tuesday afternoon. He said the cause of the crash was unknown and further details would come following next of kin notifications.

The Marine Corps, which said it operated the plane, announced the crash via Twitter at about 8:30 p.m. ET. It did not disclose where the flight originated or where it was headed.

“A USMC KC-130 experienced a mishap the evening of July 10,” said Capt. Sarah Burns, a Marine Corps spokesperson said earlier. “Further information will be passed as available.”

The Marine Corps has not confirmed the number of fatalities.

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