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Several killed after Marine plane crashes in Mississippi soybean field

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    Several killed after Marine plane crashes in Mississippi soybean field
    Large clouds of black smoke seen from Hwy 82

    SUNFLOWER COUNTY, Miss. —

    A U.S. Marine refueling tanker crashed into a soybean field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing several people aboard and spreading debris for miles, officials told the Associated Press.

    There have been 16 confirmed deaths so far, according to authorities.

    Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that officials are searching for others across a large debris field in the dark, more than five hours after the KC-130 refueling tanker spiraled to the ground into a soybean field about 85 miles (135 kilometers) north of Jackson.

    “We’re still searching the area,” Banks said. “It’s hard to find bodies in the dark.”

    Several fire departments responded to the aircraft down in a field and burning. The plane could be seen burning and producing large clouds of black smoke from Highway 82.

    Investigators say the plane is a C-130, which departed from Memphis.

    The Marine Corps says it operated the plane but has provided no information on where the flight originated or where it was going.

    Andy Jones said he was working on his family's catfish farm just before 4 p.m. when he heard a boom and looked up to see the plane corkscrewing downward with one engine smoking.

    "You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around," he said. "It was spinning down."

    Jones said the plane hit the ground behind some trees in a soybean field, and by the time he and other reached the crash site, fires were burning too intensely to approach the wreckage. The force of the crash nearly flattened the plane, Jones said.

    "Beans are about waist-high, and there wasn't much sticking out above the beans," he said.

    Jones said a man borrowed his cellphone to report to authorities that there were bodies across U.S. Highway 82, more than a mile from the crash site.

    Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Banks told the Greenwood Commonwealth that debris from the plane was scattered in a radius of about 5 miles (8 kilometers).

    Jones said firefighters tried to put out the fire at the main crash site but withdrew after an explosion forced them back. The fire produced towering plumes of black smoke visible for miles across the flat region and continued to burn after dusk, more than four hours after the crash.

    Officials did not release information on what caused the crash or where the flight originated

    Several killed after Marine plane crashes in Mississippi soybean field

     
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