first published on July 11, 2017 by Trevor
At approximately 4 p.m. on Monday in Leflore County, Miss., A Marine C130 aircraft spiraled to the ground with 16 personnel on board in what the Marine Corps is calling a mid-air mishap. The crash site spread debris over a five mile radius. Early Monday evening local authorities announced that they were recovering bodies.
The plane was a KC-130 from a Reserve unit, Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452, based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., the Marine Forces Reserve said on Tuesday.
The KC-130 is a variant of the C-130 transport plane. This version is configured as a tanker for aerial refueling of other aircraft, and can also be used to transport troops and equipment. This type of aircraft typically has a crew of four, indicating that it was being used to transport personnel.
“The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., as the squadron was supporting a requirement to transport personnel and equipment from there to Naval Air Field El Centro, California,” Per a reserve statement.
The official Marine Corps statement only acknowledges the approximate time of the incident. More information will be released after all next of kin notifications are performed, and the investigation is well under way.
Emergency personnel worked cautiously and were forced to retreat several times due to explosions associated with the wreckage. “Equipment on board included various small arms ammunition and personal weapons,” the Marine Reserve statement said.
The majority of the craft came to rest in a soybean field. This made it difficult for officials to find bodies due to height of the crops and the setting sun.
This is a terrible accident and a sorrowful reminder of the dangers that our military men and women face everyday. Let your thoughts and prayers turn to the family and friends of those that have perished. They will need them as the details of this tragic accident are released.