Marine from Jacksonville, Florida, among 16 killed in military plane crash

US Marine Corps KC-130 Crash Kills 16 People

US Marine Corps KC-130 Crash Kills 16 People

The father of a Vermont man killed in a military training mission in MS said Wednesday his son told him he had the best job in the Marine Corps.

At a Wednesday news conference in Itta Bena, Commissioner Marshall Fisher said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as federal prosecutors in northern MS, are investigating.

The 15 Marines and a Navy sailor killed in a plane crash Monday in MS came from all over the country.

Fisher, who also spoke at the news conference, said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as federal prosecutors in northern MS, are investigating reports that someone removed debris.

The 16 servicemembers killed in the crash were not yet identified.

A Jacksonville, Florida, Marine was among 16 military members killed when an air tanker crashed in MS this week. Officials say he now lived in the village of Montgomery. One witness said some bodies were found more than a mile away. The investigation continued Wednesday.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement Tuesday on Twitter that law enforcement authorities have received reports that items are being taken from the crash site.

Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher repeated earlier warnings that people in the crash area shouldn't pick up any debris, which could include weapons, ammunition and evidence valuable to determining why the plane crashed.

Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said the debris is spread across 2 to 3 miles (3 to 5 kilometers) of farmland. The disaster Monday afternoon was the deadliest Marine crash anywhere in the world in more than a decade.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) family at this time", said the MARSOC chief of staff. It said the seven and their equipment were headed for pre-deployment training at Yuma, Arizona.

Nine were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., home of a Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron.

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