U.S. Marine aircraft may have exploded before crash
The Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft suffered structural failure at 20,000 feet and may have exploded mid-air.
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI — A U.S. Marine Corps transport plane crashed in the Mississippi Delta on Monday afternoon, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.
The Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft was carrying 16 service members and small-arms ammunitions and personal weapons. It took off from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina and was en route to Naval Air Facility El Centro in California to deliver personnel and equipments, WLBT reported.
According to CBS News, the aircraft suffered structural failure at 20,000 feet and may have exploded mid-air. It then disappeared from radar as it started to fall.
It crashed and burned in a soybean field about 85 miles north of Jackson in Mississippi, scattering debris in a radius of about 5 miles. A witness told CBS News that bodies were found more than a mile away.
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