At least 16 people were killed after a military transport plane crashed into a Mississippi soybean field on Monday, with debris and bodies spanning five miles. Leflore County’s Emergency Management Agency confirmed a staggering 16 casualties after the plane plunged into a green field around 4 Pm near Morehead, northwest of Jackson. The flattened plane was on fire shortly after impact and sent plumes of black smoke billowing into air. Witness Andy Jones told he was working on his family’s catfish farm when he heard a loud boom. He saw the doomed aircraft spiraling out of control and smoke pouring out of engine. “You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around. It was spinning down” Jones said. He told that the blaze burned too hot for him to investigate the wreckage.

He called police after finding bodies scattered across United States Highway 82, more than a mile from the crash site. Sheriff Ricky Banks initially told Ledger that at least 5 people had died but the aircraft was believed to be carrying 9. First responder kept a distance from the burning wreckage fearing its volatile cargo. “There’s a lot of ammo in the plane. It burns a bit then goes out, burns a little more then dies down” a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper said. Marine Corps posted on Twitter Monday evening that the plane was a K-130, a tanker version of C-130 transport planes that is used for refueling in-air. It is unclear where the cargo plane took off from and where it intended to go. “Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy. Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom” Gov Phil Bryant said.

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