Marine Corps KC-130 Crashes in Mississippi; 16 Dead
ARLINGTON, Va. — A Marine Corps KC-130T transport aircraft crashed in LeFlore County, Miss., on July 10, claiming the lives of 16 service members, the Marine Corps said in series of July 11 releases.
“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 release said. “The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., as the squadron was supporting a requirement to transport personnel and equipment from there to Naval Air Field El Centro, Calif.
“The crew and passengers consisted of 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman.
“The aircraft was transporting six Marines and one Navy sailor from Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command [MARSOC], and their associated equipment for routine small unit predeployment training at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. All seven were from the Camp Lejeune-based 2d Marine Raider Battalion.
“Equipment on board included various small arms ammunition and personal weapons. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is at the scene as a precaution in the interest of safety.
“The identities of the service members whose lives were lost in this tragic incident are being withheld to allow time for notification of their next of kin. While the details of the crash are under investigation, MARSOC is providing all available resources and support to the family, friends and teammates of these Raiders as we all mourn this tragic loss of life.”