At least 16 killed in military plane crash in Mississippi
A US military plane used to refuel was smashed into a rural Mississippi field, killing at least 16 people on board and scattering debris for miles and creating a fire accident, authorities said.
Le Flore County Emergency Management Agency director Frank Randle told reporters at a conference Monday that 16 bodies were recovered after the KC-130 spirals on land about 85 miles north Of Jackson in the Mississippi Delta.
The spokesman for the Marine Corps captain. Sarah Burns said in a statement that a KC-130 “was a calamity” on Monday but gave no further details. The KC-130 is used as a refueling tanker.
Andy Jones said he was working on his family’s farm catfish just before 4 PM. When you heard a boom and look to see the corkscrew corkscrew down with a steam engine.
“He looked up and saw the plane turn around,” he said. “Turned down.”
Jones said the plane hit the ground behind the trees in a soybean field, and when he and the other arrived at the crash site, the fires burned too hard to approach the shipwreck. The almost flat flat shock force, Jones said.
“The beans are at waist height, and there was not much along the beans,” he said.
Jones said a man borrowed his cell phone to alert authorities that there were bodies across US Highway 82, more than a mile from the crash site.
Greenwood fire chief Marcus Banks told Commonwealth Greenwood wreckage from the plane was scattered within a 5-mile radius.
Jones said firefighters were trying to put out the fire at the main site of the accident, but withdrew after an explosion, which forced him to return. The fire produced columns of black smoke that showed miles over the flat area and continued to burn after dusk, more than four hours after the accident.
Aerial images taken by WLBT-TV showed the skeleton of the aircraft burning strongly.
“It was one of the worst fires imaginable,” Jones said. He said the fire was interrupted by small pop explosions.
The authorities have not disclosed information on the causes of the accident or departure.