Marine special ops troops among 16 dead in plane crash

Marine special ops troops among 16 dead in plane crash

Marine special ops troops among 16 dead in plane crash

A Middletown man was one of 16 military members killed in a Marine Corps plane crash on Monday. The Yankee 72 crash also marks the latest blow to the tightknit Marine Corps Special Operations community. But this one was being used to ferry service members and equipment from the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C., to the Naval air field in El Centro, Calif.

The plane was a KC-130T, a tanker from Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron 452, a Marine Forces Reserve unit based in Fort Stewart, New York.

The service has yet to release the names of the dead as it is still in the process of notifying next of kin.

All of the bodies will be flown to Delaware.

The aircraft was originally based out of New York's Stewart Air National Guard Base, Marine Corps officials said.

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On Tuesday morning President Trump offered his condolences via a tweet. It can be configured to refuel aircraft in midair in addition to being a general objective cargo and personnel transport.

Accidents involving USA military aircraft are not uncommon, but rarely do they claim so many lives. Some fog has accumulated in the field near the crash site.

The Marine KC-130 crashed Monday afternoon, leaving a fiery wreckage and spreading debris for miles. The U.S. Marines posted on Twitter that the plane was one of its KC-130 refueling aircraft. "Our hearts go out to the families of those killed, as well as the Marines they served alongside".

Tillis said the crash is a reminder of the dangers that military personnel face even on training missions.

No official details are immediately available on the circumstances of the crash, which happened in northern Mississippi's LeFlore County, about 160 kilometres north of Jackson, the state capital, on Monday evening. "They said his plane went down, and they weren't able to find him".

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