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16 people killed as military KC-130 plane crash in Mississippi

At Least 16 People Died After A Military Flight Crashed Along Mississippi’s Sunflower-LeFlore County Line, Said Officials. The Mishap Occured On Monday Evening.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Rahul Mishra | Updated on: 11 Jul 2017, 09:39:03 AM
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New Delhi:

In a tragic incident, nearly 16 people died after a military flight crashed along Mississippi’s Sunflower-LeFlore County line, officials have said. Leflore (le-FLOR') County Sheriff Ricky Banks said that a C-130 military transport crashed about 85 miles (135 kilometers) north of Jackson on Monday eveining. Earlier, on Monday, he had confirmed that 5 people had died.

Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Sarah Burns said in a statement that a Marine C-130 "experienced a mishap" on Monday evening. Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Banks said the crash was reported about 4 p.m. CDT and debris from the plane was scattered in a radius of about 5 miles (8 kilometers).

Banks said that a call came in at around 4:00pm as an aircraft crash truck witnessed the destroyed plane. He also mentioned that 4,000 gallons of foam were used to put the fire out.

Banks described that several “high-intensity explosions” took place which in turn drove away firefighters.Officials did not have information on what caused the crash or where the flight originated. 

With PTI inputs

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First Published : 11 Jul 2017, 09:03:00 AM