Friday, 21 July, 2017

Marine From Hudson Valley Among Those Killed In Crash, More Info Released

Gov. Phil Bryant wants to honor lives of the men who died in crash. AP Gov. Phil Bryant wants to honor lives of the men who died in crash. AP
Lillian Steele | 14 July, 2017, 00:50

The US Marine Corps transport plane that crashed, killing all 16 troops aboard, plummeted to the ground after "something went wrong" while at cruising altitude, a general said yesterday.

The military transport plane went down Monday in western MS, with 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman on board.

The Marine Corps said in a statement on Tuesday 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman were aboard the aircraft and killed in the crash.

"Please keep the families of our 16 fallen service members in your thoughts and prayers", Gen. Robert Neller said Tuesday. One site was approximately a half-mile north of USA 82, and the second site about a half-mile south of it, he said.

As reported by BBC, Phil Bryant, the MS governor said that the incident was a tragedy. He and Fisher said some debris could be unsafe to bystanders. The investigation continued Wednesday. Bryant asked people to stay away and turn debris over to authorities.

Cash donations made at the vigil will be given to the local families of Marines who died in the crash, organizers say.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said in a press release: "This is a tragic reminder of the dangers our service members are confronted with on a daily basis, including the training missions that are needed to help keep our nation safe at home and overseas".

The Marine Corps said the plane originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. and it was unclear what caused the crash. The fiery crash scattered wreckage for miles and sent a pillar of black smoke rising over the countryside. Here's what we know about the incident and the victims.

The plane was based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in NY state and had on board troops from that base and our Camp Lejeune.

They were headed to Yuma, Arizona for pre-deployment training. "We all suffer the loss of any military member".

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 spiraling downward with one engine smoking.

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