Special Operations Force Aboard Military Plane That Crashed

Geneva Matthews
July 14, 2017

The Marines said July 11 the air tanker was based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, and headed to California.

The Marine Corps cargo plane that crashed in MS, killing 16 earlier this week, appears to have suffered some sort of failure while flying at a normal altitude, according to a senior Marine officer.

The Marine Corps says personal weapons and small-arms ammunition were aboard.

It was the worst Marine Corps aviation crash since January 2005, when a CH-53E crashed in Iraq, killing 30 Marines and one sailor. Debris was scattered up to 5 miles around the crash site, and bodies were recovered from a mile away.

The cause of Monday's crash remains unclear, but initial investigations suggest something happened when the plane was at cruising altitude. It can be configured to refuel aircraft in midair in addition to being a general objective cargo and personnel transport. "I miss you. Wanna just see you one more time". "It was spinning down".

Jones explained that the plane crashed behind some trees in the soybean field.

"Beans are about waist-high, and there wasn't much sticking out above the beans", he said.

At a Wednesday news conference in Itta Bena, Commissioner Marshall Fisher said the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as federal prosecutors in Northern Mississippi, are investigating.

Officials say a US military plane used for refueling crashed into a field in rural MS, killing at least 16 people aboard and spreading debris for miles and creating fiery wreckage.

After calling authorities, Jones and firefighters, tried to fight the fire until another explosion forced them to stay back. The fire produced towering plumes of black smoke visible for miles across the flat region and continued to burn after dusk, more than four hours after the crash.

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