1. 1. Sixteen bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. In a statement, Marine Corps officials said 15 of the people killed were Marines. The 16th victim was a Navy corpsman. The Marine Corps said in a statement Tuesday that officials were not immediately identifying the service members killed, citing the need to notify their families. The Associated Press reported that bodies were seen a mile away from the scene of the crash on Highway 82. Officials said "debris from the plane was scattered in a radius of about 5 miles," according to the AP. .
  2. 2. Officials have not said what caused the crash as they investigate. A Marine Corps spokeswoman said Monday that the plane "experienced a mishap" but did not elaborate. Alan Hammons, an official at Greenwood Airport in Mississippi, told WNCN that the plane was tracked by air traffic controllers and suffered a "structural failure" at 20,000 feet. T
  3. 3. The plane departed from Cherry Point, North Carolina, according to WSOC-TV. Before the accident, the KC-130 landed at Memphis International Airport, possibly to refuel, before taking off again, according to WHBQ. The aircraft was part of a Marine aerial refueling and transport squadron based in New York. It was traveling from the Marine Corps. air station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, to El Centro, California, when it disappeared from air traffic control radar over Mississippi.
  4. 4. The Lockheed Martin KC-130 is a four-engine turboprop military tanker aircraft used for aerial refueling. This variant of the C-130 is used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps.
  5. 5. First Lady Melania Trump and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant shared their thoughts for those affected by the crash.
  6. "Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy," Bryant said. "Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom."
  7. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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