Six of the Marines and the sailor were members of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion under the Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC), 2nd Lt. Stephanie L. Leguizamon said. Due to the presence of the ammunition, restrictions were placed on who could initially approach the scene of the crash, officials said.
Jones called 911 after he heard the plane hit the ground, describing the final moments before the impact that killed a Navy hospital corpsman and all 15 Marines on board.
"The Marine aircraft that crashed Monday evening was a KC-130T from Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron (VMGR) 452, Marine Air Group-49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve", the statement said.
"Susan and I send our deepest condolences to the families of the Marines who lost their lives in service to our nation", said Sen.
An investigation into just what caused the crash is underway.
Snowden lived in NY, where his Marine unit was based. "Keep them in your thoughts".
At least 16 people were killed after a United States military transport plane crashed in the Delta region of southern USA state of MS region on Monday (July 11) evening, according to officials.
Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson, a Vermont native, was in the Marine Corps for 23 years. "Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom". "This loss impacts us all".
President Trump expressed his condolences in a tweet this morning: "Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking".
President Donald Trump tweeted about the crash earlier today, calling it "heartbreaking".
The plane crashed near a highway north of Jackson, and debris was scattered on both sides of the road, indicating a possible mid-air explosion.
Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told the Associated Press that the search would continue after dark. "It was spinning down". "It was one of the worst fires you can imagine", Jones said.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known and the identities of those killed were not immediately released.
" 'Beans are about waist-high, and there wasn't much sticking out above the beans, ' he said".
The crash left a five-mile (8-km) trail of debris, the local Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported.