The KC-130 aircraft that crashed in western Mississippi this week, killing all 16 troops on board, left two “large impact areas,” Marines Brig. Gen. Bradley James said Wednesday.
It’s not clear how far apart the sites are, but one lies about a half-mile north of US 82 and the other a half-mile south of the highway. “Indications are something went wrong at cruise altitude,” the general said.
The cause of the crash, the deadliest Marine plane crash since 2005, still isn’t known. The FBI is assisting with the investigation, as is protocol, but foul play is not suspected.
The plane, carrying 15 Marines and one Navy corpsman, belonged to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452, or VMGR-452, nicknamed the Yankees, a Reserve unit based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., the Marine Reserve said on Tuesday. The flight, which took off from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina, was headed to Naval Air Facility El Centro in California and was transporting personnel and equipment, the Reserve said in a statement.
The recent crash of a Navy plane in a Mississippi field tore at the hearts of patriots all over the country. One man displayed a level of patriotism that we should ALL aspire to have. David Weeks, an American Hero in his own right, stood outside of the crash site and played “Taps,” the song dedicated for use at military funerals. It is a truly breathtaking moment that EVERY American should see.
Weeks took the extra step and went out to the site to pay his final respects. He told Fox 13 that he “felt it in his heart” to show them the respect that they deserve.