Local media reported Monday that the KC-130 had crashed in a soybean field in central MS, with at least 16 bodies pulled from the wreckage.
The KC-130T Hercules transport aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar over MS around 5 p.m. Monday, the Marine Corps said in a statement, after it departed from the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.
Seven of the troops who were picked up in North Carolina were members of special operations forces and were being flown to Arizona for training.
Seven of the USA troops killed were special operations forces, six were Marines and one was a sailor.
It was the worst Marine Corps aviation crash since January 2005, when a CH-53E crashed in Iraq, killing 30 Marines and one sailor.
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The Sheriff's Office encourages the public to comply with the evacuation order, which is in place for the safety of the public. Earlier in the morning, there had been some speculation that some might be allowed back into their homes Thursday.
Name of those who were killed in this crashed has not been yet made public.
The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point near Havelock, North Carolina, as the squadron was transporting personnel and equipment from there to Naval Air Field El Centro in California, the Marine Corps said in a press release.
President Trump tweeted his condolences, saying, "Marine Plane crash in MS is heartbreaking". The fire chief in Greenwood, Marcus Banks, said only that there were "multiple fatalities" in the episode, which occurred around 4 p.m.in Leflore County, about two hours north of Jackson.
Bodies were reported to have fallen on Highway 82, more than a mile from the crash site, and debris found up to five miles (8km) away.
Secretary of the Interior, and Navy Seal, Ryan Zinke offered his condolences over Twitter. Just prior to the crash, a witness said that he had heard a loud bang, then saw the aircraft spiraling down, engine trailing smoke.
-Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad Cochran also tweeted his condolences saying "Deeply saddened the loss of life in today's @USMC KC-130 crash in the Mississippi Delta".