All 16 people aboard a KC-130 military refueling tanker were killed in a crash about 85 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, on Monday afternoon, according to a WZTV report.
A Marine Corps spokesperson said that the aircraft "experienced a mishap," but provided no details as of Monday evening. However, an official from Mississippi's Greenwood Airport said the aircraft was being tracked by air traffic controllers and was affected by structural failure at 20,000 feet, according to WNCN.
Firefighters were battling flames ignited by jet fuel. Helicopters were also said to be searching the crash site, where debris was scattered in a radius of 5 miles.
"We were driven away by several high-intensity explosions," said Greenwood Fire Chief Marcus Banks.
All 16 bodies were reportedly recovered from the crash site.
The KC-130 is powered by four engines and six-bladed propellers, has a primary dutyof refueling other aircraft and ground vehicles, and can hold up to 61,364 pounds of fuel.
Here's footage of the wreckage:
Have mercy. Here's footage of the USMC KC-130 crash tonight in Mississippi | via KXAN | At least 5 confirmed dead. pic.twitter.com/e0RwnJw4NI
— Andrew deGrandpre (@adegrandpre) July 11, 2017
More from Business Insider:
- The US Air Force is pushing a massive technological upgrade of its war-tested C-130
- Watch this US Navy aircraft carrier make some incredible high speed turns in the Atlantic Ocean
- 18 of the best photos from around the US military
- Siemens to press charges after Russia sends gas turbines to Crimea, flouting sanctions
- White House takes a swing at Obama's handling of ISIS