Detroit Marine Sergeant Is Among 16 Killed in Mississippi Tanker Crash

14 July, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • 5 dead after military plane crashes

Investigators are still sifting through debris in Leflore County to determine why a USA military plane slammed into the ground on Monday.

Owen Lennon, who lived in Harriman but grew up in Ramapo, was one of 15 Marines who perished in the crash.

Seven of the 16 who perished, including the sailor, were based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and were members of the elite Special Operations Command of the Marine Corps. The names of the deceased were being withheld until family members were notified. All of the victims were based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York. Melania and I, he added, send our condolences to all.

The crash happened outside the small town of Itta Bena about 85 miles (135 kilometers) north of the state capital of Jackson.

Dan Baldassare, 20, of Colts Neck, was killed Monday when the KC-130 military plane he was on crashed in rural Mississippi. Debris was scattered up to 5 miles around the crash site, and bodies were recovered from a mile away.

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The KC-130 Hercules, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp, conducts air-to-air refueling, carries cargo and performs tactical passenger missions.

The Marine Corps says there was an in-flight mishap as the plane flew at 20,000 feet.

Residents on the ground told local news stations and the Associated Press that they heard a boom and looked up to see the aircraft tumbling out of the sky with one of its engine's aflame.

Jones explained that the plane crashed behind some trees in the soybean field. According to Jones, the fire fighters tried their best to control and put out the flames; however, an explosion forced them to push back further.

Following the crash, more than a dozen agencies have responded to the scene and surrounding countryside, James said, including personnel from the FBI, ATF, and Department of Homeland Security.

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