Military plane crashes in Mississippi

At least 16 people were killed when a USA military plane crashed in rural MS on Monday evening, a regional emergency management official said.

The KC-130 Hercules aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar after taking off from Cherry Point, North Carolina, on Monday.

The KC-130T plane crashed into a soybean field in Mississippi's Leflore County on Monday while traveling from Cherry Point, N.C., to El Centro, Calif.

"The identities of the service members whose lives were lost in this tragic accident are being withheld to allow time for their loved ones to be notified", the Marine Corps said in a statement early Tuesday.

The aircraft was transporting six Marines and one Navy sailor from the 2d Marine Raider Battalion based in Camp Lejeune, WTVD reports. It said the cause of the crash isn't known.

The KC-130, which is used a refueling tanker, had "experienced a mishap" said Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Sarah Burns.

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said the incident was a "tragedy", but provided no other details.

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

Images of the aftermath showed a black plume of smoke amid a field of bean stalks.

A person by the name Austin Jones, who owned a nearby farm, said that he saw flames till sunset, and was in fear if the fire headed towards his farm.

Local catfish farmer Andy Jones described the scene as "one of the worst fires you can imagine". It said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was assisting at the scene.

President Donald Trump said on Twitter that the crash was heartbreaking. The force of the crash almost flattened the plane, Jones said. Marcus Banks, the Greenwood Fire Chief, told the Greenwood Commonwealth that the plane's debris was scattered in a 5-mile radius from the crash site. Melania and I, he added, send our condolences to all.

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