Jacksonville native one of 16 killed in military crash in Mississippi

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A military C-130 reportedly crashed in Mississippi. Above a C-130 in Afghanistan

At least one Hudson Valley resident was killed in the Stewart Air National Guard-based military plane crash in MS on Monday.

Authorities in MS are pursuing a criminal investigation into at least one individual for taking debris from the ammunition-strewn wreckage site of the Marine Corps KC-130T that crashed Monday and killed 16 service members. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Jones said a man borrowed his cellphone to report to authorities that there were bodies across U.S. Highway 82, more than a mile from the crash site. "Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!"

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Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted Tuesday that the public should avoid the crash site.

The KC-130T is one of the older variants of the aircraft in use with the Marine Corps. The Marine Forces Reserve has said the sailor was a corpsman, which is a medical specialist.

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

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The Marine Corps has yet to officially release the names of those killed due to a 24-hour waiting period after next of kin are notified.

No more smoke is rising the day after the fiery crash of a US military plane in a field in rural MS, killing at least 16 people. Some fog has accumulated in the field near the crash site.

The crash happened outside the small town of Itta Bena about 85 miles north of the state capital of Jackson. With debris scattered for miles across the flat countryside of the Mississippi Delta, federal and local officials may be combing soybean fields for up to a week for clues, a sheriff said Wednesday. Capt. Sarah Burns, spokeswomen from the Marine Corps stated that the KC-130 airplane "experienced a mishap", however she refrained from providing further details about the incident.

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