Investigation Into Leflore Plane Crash Continues

ITTA BENA, MS (Ben Caxton) — Investigations continue into the Marine plane crash near Itta Bena that killed 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman Monday afternoon. The aircraft crashed in Leflore County just off Highway 82. According to Leflore County officials experienced structural failure at 20,000 feet – the plane is believed to have exploded in mid-air. Equipment on board the plane included various small arms ammunition and personal weapons. The military ordered an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team to the scene for cleanup as a precaution. The KC-130T plane that crashed is one of only 26 in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy inventory. The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., as the squadron was taking personnel and equipment from there to Naval Air Field El Centro, California. The crash is the deadliest Marine Corps aviation mishap since 2005.

 


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