Tuesday, July 18, 2017
"Those who served, and those who continue to serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and we can never forget the importance of their commitment to our Nation." ~ Robin Hayes
Please join me in praying for and/or sending condolences to the families of the 16 Marines who lost their lives on Monday, July 10, 2017 in the KC-130T aircraft crash. Read on!
As I've previously stated numerous times, I have a nephew in the Marines (over 10 years) and a first cousin in the Air Force (over 20 years). Shown here are two men who a part of a unit of military men who have been brought in to assist with the aircraft accident on Monday, July 10, 2017 in Leflore County (Mississippi). They kindly obliged to my photo request and I thanked them for their service to our country. All servicemen are being housed at Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, MS), near the temporary headquarters. Official transportation is being provided by Cline Tours, which is owned by fellow SmugMugger Donna McCommon's husband.
According to a CNN article......
"Seven of the service members killed in a military transport plane crash in Mississippi were from an elite Marine unit based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the Marine Corps said Tuesday. The other nine Marines killed were from Orange County, New York, county executive Steve Neuhaus said. The KC-130T aircraft was based in New York, officials said. Investigators are trying to determine why the plane crashed in western Mississippi's Leflore County on Monday afternoon, Maj. Andrew Aranda said."
"The transport plane, carrying fifteen Marines and a Navy corpsman, was moving personnel and equipment from North Carolina to a western base to train before deploying, the Marine Corps said. Six Marines and the sailor were members of the 2d Marine Raider Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. They were part of Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command and were traveling to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, for small unit pre-deployment training. Neuhaus said the New York-based Marines will be flown back to Dover Air Force Base, then to Orange County."
"The aircraft belonged to a Marine Forces Reserve refueling and transport squadron based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York. The plane, which the military can use to refuel planes in the air and carry cargo, went down in a rural area just off US 82, about 85 miles north of Jackson, with debris found on both sides of the highway, CNN affiliate WDBD reported."
"The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in eastern North Carolina. Federal Aviation Administration officials contacted the Marines when the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar over Mississippi, officials said. "Every resource we can pull from will be used to determine what happened," Aranda told reporters a couple miles from the crash site."
"The KC-130 is able to refuel planes in the air and transport troops and equipment. The KC-130 is able to refuel planes in the air and transport troops and equipment. Because the plane was carrying small-arms ammunition and weapons, an explosive ordnance disposal team was at the crash site, military officials said. "Out of precaution, we just wanted to make sure people do not approach ... just out of general safety," Aranda said."
"Flames and dark smoke rose from part of the wreckage in a field off the highway, video from WDBD on Monday showed. CNN affiliates WDBD and WHBQ, citing officials they didn't name, reported the plane had stopped in Memphis, Tennessee. Aranda did not confirm that, saying he didn't know details about the aircraft's flight plan."
"A witness to Monday's crash, Andy Jones, said he heard a loud bang while working in a field near his catfish farm. The plane spiraled, nose down, to the ground, Jones said. One of the engines appeared to be trailing white smoke, he said. "At first it looked like an acrobatic plane, like a stunt plane, blowing the smoke out the back" he said. "Then all of a sudden you realized that the smoke was coming off one of sides of the wing." He called 911 after the crash. Jones said he didn't see the impact because trees blocked his view. He said he went out to the site and saw a bunch of mini-explosions coming from the crash."
~ Reprinted text and photos here:
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Temporary Headquarters for Flight Accident
(across from Mississippi Valley State University)
Itta Bena, MS 38941
(photo taken 7/16/2017)
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