U.S. Marine aircraft may have exploded before crash

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A U.S. Marine Corps transport plane crashed in the Mississippi Delta on Monday afternoon, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.

The Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft was carrying 16 service members and small-arms ammunitions and personal weapons. It took off from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina and was en route to Naval Air Facility El Centro in California to deliver personnel and equipments, WLBT reported.

According to CBS News, the aircraft suffered structural failure at 20,000 feet and may have exploded mid-air. It then disappeared from radar as it started to fall.

It crashed and burned in a soybean field about 85 miles north of Jackson in Mississippi, scattering debris in a radius of about 5 miles. A witness told CBS News that bodies were found more than a mile away.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. KC-130 carrying 16 people, ammunitions and weapons on board; flight route of the aircraft
2. The aircraft explodes at 20,000 feet
3. The aircraft plunges down and disappears from radar screen
4. The aircraft crashes and burns in field, scattering debris

VOICEOVER (in English):
“The Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft was carrying 16 service members and small-arms ammunitions and personal weapons. It took off from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina and was en route to Naval Air Facility El Centro in California.”

“Reports say the aircraft suffered structural failure at 20,000 feet and may have exploded mid-air.”

“It then disappeared from radar before spiraling down to the ground.”

“It crashed and burned in a soybean field about 85 miles north of Jackson in Mississippi, scattering debris in a radius of about 5 miles.”

SOURCES: CNN, WLBT, CBS News, Military.com, Reuters
http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/10/us/mississippi-plane-crash/index.html
http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/35851293/update-16-people-on-board-military-c-130-killed-in-leflore-county-plane-crash
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-marine-corps-kc-130-crash-details-released-military/
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/04/19/army-identifies-soldier-killed-maryland-black-hawk-crash.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-military-texas-idUSKBN0TD1P520151124