Seven of the service members killed in a military transport plane crash in MS were from an elite Marine unit based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the Marine Corps said Tuesday. He said there are two large impact areas of the crash site: the first one is about a half a mile north of Highway 82 and the second is about a half a mile south of Highway 82. And while the FBI has joined the crash investigation, a Marine spokesman says no foul play is suspected.
In Itta Bena, a USA military refueling plane crashed into a soybean field in rural land Mississippi.
James said nine Marines were from Newburgh, New York and six Marines and a Navy Corpsman were from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
The crash left an 8km trail of debris and witnesses reportedly said bodies were found more than a kilometre from the wreckage.
The plane spiraled, nose down, to the ground, Jones said.
Citing the Federal Aviation Administration, WSOC-TV in Charlotte reported that the flight had originated from Cherry Point, in the state of North Carolina, home to a Marine Corps air base.
The aircraft's debris scattered in a radius of almost five miles. She said she was unable to provide information about the base assignments of the other nine people who died.
Families of the victims have been notified, and a list of victims should be released in coming days, said James, the brigadier general. "While the details of the incident are being investigated, our focus remains on providing the necessary resources and support to the family and friends of these service members as they go through this extremely hard time", the statement said.
Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen also expressed his sympathies, tweeting "So sorry to learn of 16 Marines losing their lives while serving our nation".
Since the crash, several politicians have offered their condolences, including the president.
A Mississippi State Trooper said the aircraft was "loaded with ammunition".
"Beans are about waist-high, and there wasn't much sticking out above the beans", he said.