President Trump Offers “Deepest Condolences” After Military Plane Crash Leaves 16 Dead
  [Saturday, July 15, 2017 6:07:00 AM]
A military refueling aircraft crashed Monday afternoon in a soybean field in Leflore County, Mississippi killing at least 16 and leaving a debris field five miles in radius.

Leflore County EMA Director Frank Randle confirmed that 16 are dead in the crash.

"Most of them are gonna be Marines," he said. He could not confirm whether there were any civilians on the plane.

The U.S. Marine Corps Twitter account posted that "A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10. Further information will be released as available."

Marine Corps Spokeswoman Lt. Kristine Rascicot confirmed that the plane that crashed was a USMC KC-130, but said she was not able to release any more details.

President Trump offered his "deepest condolences" via Twitter after the crash, saying, "Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!"

A KC-130 aircraft is an extended-range tanker version of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules that has been modified for aerial refueling. The C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop aircraft used primarily for military transportation. It's known as a workhorse used in refueling, humanitarian missions, firefighting, search and rescue, and combat missions, according to the Lockheed Martin website.

Sources: (
USA Today, Washington Examiner
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