USA investigates cause of military plane crash

Marie Harrington
July 14, 2017

The Marine Corps cargo plane that crashed in MS, killing 16 earlier this week, appears to have suffered some sort of failure while flying at a normal altitude, according to a senior Marine officer.

Owen Lennon, who lived in Harriman but grew up in Ramapo, was one of 15 Marines who perished in the crash.

The crash was the deadliest Marine crash in the world in more than a decade.

The plane belonged to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452) based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, the New York Air National Guard said.

The names and hometowns of the victims have not been released pending notification of family.

All of the bodies will be flown to Delaware.

GETTYOfficials within the Marine Corps have claimed the tragic incident was a'mishap

The elder Johnson said his son, who was taking on more administrative work, was looking to retire next year, possibly returning to school for a master's degree and then move from Newburgh, New York, to Montana, where his wife, Anna, is from. "Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!" It can be configured to refuel aircraft in midair in addition to being a general goal cargo and personnel transport.

The KC-130T is a Marines variant of the C-130 Hercules.

Accidents involving U.S. military aircraft are not uncommon, but rarely do they claim so many lives.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis says the KC-130 that crashed in MS and killed 16 people was from the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. "Our hearts go out to the families of those killed, as well as the Marines they served alongside".

The North Carolina senator is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. It plunged into a soybean field at about 4 p.m. CDT on Monday in Mississippi's LeFlore County, about 100 miles north of Jackson, the state capital. 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.

James said that there is a "large debris pattern", including two main impact areas separated by a mile, with a four-lane highway in between them. The KC-130 is used as a refueling tanker.

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