At least sixteen people are feared dead after a military plane crashed in the Mississippi Delta on Monday, prompting an urgent rescue effort in one of the South’s most rural regions, the authorities said.
All 16 victims were on the plane and there were no survivors from the aircraft.
The aircraft was a KC-130, one of the most extensively used planes in the military.
As per the statement from the emergency management director in Leflore County, Fred Randle, said in a brief interview late Monday that officials thought at least 16 people had died in the crash. The fire chief in Greenwood, Marcus Banks, said only that there were “multiple fatalities” in the episode, which occurred around 4 p.m. in Leflore County, about two hours north of Jackson.
The cause of the crash, in an unincorporated part of Leflore County, was not immediately clear, but Chief Banks said witnesses described the plane as disintegrating in the air as it neared the ground. The chief estimated that the debris field was about three miles in diameter.
The Fire Department used about 9,000 gallons of foam to extinguish a blaze.
Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi expressed his condolences after the crash. In his statement he said, “Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy,”.