FA­TAL FLIGHT

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

Six­teen peo­ple died when a US mil­i­tary plane crashed in the south­ern state of Mis­sis­sippi on Mon­day.

The crash hap­pened about 160km north of Jack­son, the state cap­i­tal. All 16 vic­tims were on the Ma­rine Corps air­craft and there were no sur­vivors, Le­flore County emer­gency management di­rec­tor Fred Ran­dle said. No of­fi­cial de­tails were im­me­di­ately avail­able on the cir­cum­stances of the crash.

Fire Chief Mar­cus Banks told the Green­wood Com­mon­wealth that fire­fight­ers were driven back by sev­eral ‘high-in­ten­sity ex­plo­sions’, pos­si­bly caused by jet fuel ig­nit­ing.

PIC­TURES: AP

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