Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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A US military aircraft has crashed in the southern state of Mississippi, killing 16 people as per US media reported Monday

The US Marine Corps confirmed that a "mishap" involving a KC-130 occurred in the evening, without providing additional details.

The incident took place around 4 pm (2100 GMT), the Clarion-Ledger said, nothing that firefighters sprayed the aircraft with huge layers of foam to quell the fire.

The Clarion-Ledger newspaper and CNN cited Leflore County emergency management director Fred Randle as confirming the death toll of 16.

The plane crashed in a soyabean field on the Sunflower-Leflore  county line, the paper said.

Photos posted on its website showed plumes of black smoke billowing from a green agricultural field.

"Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy. Our men and women in uniform risk themselves everyday to secure our freedom," Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said in a statement on Facebook.
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