If you love and respect American Marines, pray for the families of several marines that were aboard the KC-130 Hercules that exploded and crashed into a field while flying over Mississippi.
According to reports, all 16 passengers were killed in the explosion.
The plane originally left Memphis, Tennessee on Monday and was carrying 16 marines.
MS News Now reports:
The plane crashed in Leflore County just off Highway 82 on Monday afternoon.
The plane is believed to have exploded in mid-air. Investigators said they found debris on both sides of the highway, leading them to believe an explosion happened prior to the crash.
A Mississippi State Trooper said the plane is loaded with ammunition, causing emergency workers to have to keep their distance.
“There’s a lot of ammo in the plane. That’s why we are keeping so far back. We just don’t know what it’ll do. It burns a bit then goes out, burns a little more then dies down,” the trooper told WMC Action News 5 crews.
The United States Marine Corps confirmed the aircraft was a Marine aircraft.
The U.S. Marines published this tweet about the explosion:
A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10. Further information will be released as available. pic.twitter.com/QEFhooJZmC
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) July 11, 2017
See below, footage from the crash:
— WLBT 3 On Your Side (@WLBT) July 11, 2017
Investigators are actively investigating the explosion and believe it took place while the plane was flying.
Resident Austin Jones commented on the crash, saying, “It’s burning worse now than it was early in the afternoon.”
“You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around,” he said. “It was spinning down.”
The Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, offered his support via Facebook.
“Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy. Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom.”
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke also issued a statement:
“Please join me in praying for or sending good thoughts to the families and unit of the Marines we lost tonight in the C 130 crash #SemperFi”
Please join me in praying for or sending good thoughts to the families and unit of the Marines we lost tonight in the C 130 crash #SemperFi
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) July 11, 2017
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