Governor Declares "State Of Emergency" At Crash Site

ITTA BENA, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a “state of emergency” around the KC-130 crash site near Itta Bena. In a Thursday press conference, Bryant said the step will allow the state to continue to provide security at the crash site “as long as they need us” as crews work to catalog and remove debris. Bryant also said he has ordered flags lowered to half-staff statewide today to honor the 16 servicemen who died in the Monday plane crash. He says he wants the state to build a monument to memorialize the crash. Bryant repeated warnings against people removing guns, ammunition or other debris from the site. Authorities are pursuing at least one criminal investigation against someone for removing debris from the field according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as federal prosecutors who are investigating the matter.



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