Officials: at least 16 dead in military plane crash in Mississippi

In this photo provided by Jimmy Taylor, smoke and flames rise into the air after a military transport airplane crashed in a field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, Monday, July 10, 2017, killing several. (Jimmy Taylor via AP)

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Officials have updated the death toll to 16 people in a Marine Corps plane crash in rural Mississippi.

Leflore County Emergency Management Director Fred Randle told local media late Monday that 16 bodies were recovered after the KC-130 refueling tanker spiraled to the ground into a soybean field about 85 miles north of Jackson.

Randle says the cause of the crash wasn’t known Monday night.

The Marine Corps says it operated the plane but hasn’t said where the flight originated or where it was going.

The plane crashed about 4 p.m. and Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that the search for bodies continued after dark over a debris field that stretched for miles.

 

Andy Jones says he was working on his family’s catfish farm when he heard a boom and looked up and saw the plane corkscrewing down to the ground.

 

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