WATCH: US military plane crashes in Mississippi, death toll rises to 16
Several people are reportedly dead after an Army C-130 plane crashed in LeFlore County, Mississippi on Monday Photograph: (WION)
At least 16 people were killed when a US military plane crashed in rural Mississippi on Monday evening, a regional emergency management official said.
The US Marine Corps C-130, a refueling plane, crashed on the Sunflower-Leflore county line, the Clarion-Ledger reported. It cited Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson as the source of the information.
No official details were immediately available on the circumstances of the crash in northern Mississippi's LeFlore County, about 100 miles (160 km) north of Jackson, the state capital.
Captain Sarah Burns, a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps, said only that a US Marines KC-130 Hercules transport aircraft had "experienced a mishap," with news media initially reporting five confirmed deaths.
Several hours later, Fred Randle, LeFlore County director of emergency management, told Reuters that at least 16 people had been killed. Randle gave no further details of the incident.
A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10. Further information will be released as available. pic.twitter.com/QEFhooJZmC— U.S. Marines (@USMC) July 11, 2017
"A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10. Further information will be released as available," the Marine Corps said on Twitter.
The incident took place around 1600 local, the Clarion-Ledger report said, noting that firefighters sprayed the aircraft with huge layers of foam to quell the fire.
In a brief statement, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said, "Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom," according to NBC News.
Several people are feared dead after an Army C-130 plane crashed in LeFlore County, Mississippi on Monday (WION)