US Marines killed after military plane crashes in Mississippi

At least 5 confirmed dead in military plane crash in Mississippi, 9 believed to be on board

Emergency services were scouring a large field of debris on Monday night where the Marine Corps KC-130 refuelling tanker spiralled to the ground about 85 miles north of Jackson in Mississippi's LeFlore County.

The seven members of the Marine Raiders Battalion were being transported "for routine small unit pre-deployment training" at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, the Marines said in a statement.

The Poughkeepsie Journal in NY said Marine reservists from the nearby Stewart Air National Guard Base were also on the plane.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said in a Facebook post after the crash: "Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy".

The Marine Corps said in a statement on Tuesday 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman were aboard the aircraft and killed in the crash.

A KC-130T (center) and two F/A-18 Hornets perform simulated aerial refueling in 2005. While Jones' son was one of the principal witnesses of the incident, as he said the plane was in flames when it went down and caused a big explosion that excretes massive smoke. Identities of the deceased are being withheld until next of kin were notified.

President Trump expressed his condolences in a tweet this morning: "Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking".

Stay with Local 4 and ClickonDetroit.com as more information becomes available about fallen service member Julian Kevianne.

"You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around", he said.

The Greenwood Fire Department chief, Marcus Banks, told the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper in LeFlore County that 4,000 gallons of foam were used to extinguish the wreckage.

President Trump on Tuesday extended his condolences after a Marine Corps airplane crash Monday left 16 people dead.

"There's a lot of ammo in the plane, that's why we are keeping so far back", local WMC Action News 5 quoted a Mississippi State trooper at the site as saying.

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