Military plane crash in Mississippi: What we know


Where and when did the plane crash?

The plane crashed in soybean field in Leflore County, Mississippi.

The crash site is about 130 miles south of Memphis and about 100 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi.

Emergency crews said the crash was reported at about 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday.

  military plane crashed Monday afternoon in rural Leflore County, Mississppi. Officials have confirmed 16 people are dead and most are believed to have been military personnel. Wes Duplantier/USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee

How many people are dead? 

Leflore County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle confirmed Monday evening that 16 people were killed in the crash.

Leflore County Deputy Coroner Will Gnemi said authorities are still looking for victims amid the tall vegetation.

How many military personnel are dead?

“Most of them are gonna be Marines,” Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said Monday night. It was not immediately clear whether any civilians were on board.

What is the military’s response?

The U.S. Marine Corps has tweeted that a “mishap” occurred Monday night involving a Marine Corps plane. A captain echoed that language in a statement, saying a plane experienced a “mishap.”

What kind of plane was it?

Where did plane take off from and where was it supposed to land?

The plane was initially reported to have taken off from Memphis but an official from the air base in Millington told USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee that the plane didn’t come from there. It is not yet clear where the plane was going.