This morning, Richard V. Spencer, President Donald Trump's nominee for Navy secretary, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that 15 Marines and one sailor was killed in Monday's crash.
"Every resource we can pull from will be used to determine what happened", Aranda told reporters a couple miles from the crash site. An urgent rescue effort is underway.
At least 5 of the 9 people onboard at military KC-130 have been confirmed dead, Mississippi's Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Greenwood Commonwealth. Although the names of the dead have not yet been released, messages of condolences from officials indicate that, among the 16 bodies recovered, a unit of marines were killed in the MS crash. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.
Local catfish farmer Andy Jones described the force of the crash as almost flattening the plane, which he said could barely be seen above the waist-high bean crop. In his own words, he said, "You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around,"."It was spinning down". The chief estimated that the debris field was about three miles in diameter.
MS outlet the Clarion-Ledger said the plane came down in a soybean field on the Sunflower-Leflore county line, and left a five-mile trail of debris. Following the disaster, a military jet circled overhead, she said.
According to his recollection of the events, he and another witness made their way to the crash site, but by the time they got there, the plane had already been engulfed in flames.
"That is a sad situation there", she concluded.
The Marine Corps initially acknowledged the "mishap" on its official Twitter account, promising that additional information would be provided.
Federal Aviation Administration officials contacted the Corps when the aircraft disappeared from radar over Mississippi.
"We're just trying to offer any type of assistance", Carr, a spokesman for the bureau's Jackson, Mississippi office, told the newspaper. "It could be anything from manpower to evidence response".
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant asked the public to pray for those who were impacted by the incident.