A long, somber procession moved through the town of Pearl, Mississippi, Thursday as the remains of 16 US service members killed in a plane crash were transported to an Air National Guard base at Jackson-Evers International Airport. The special forces members and their equipment were headed for pre-deployment training in Yuma, Arizona. The Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron at the Stewart Air National Guard base says it is working with the Wingman Foundation to raise funds for the families' immediate needs.
"Equipment on board included various small arms ammunition and personal weapons".
Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the death of IN native and Navy corpsman Ryan Lohrey, who was identified as one of 16 total servicemen who lost their lives IN a plane crash.
Class A mishaps are defined by the Marine Corps as an unplanned event or series of events resulting in fatality, injury or property damage in excess of $2 million.
Andy Jones, a witness to Monday's crash, said a trail of white smoke followed the plane as it spiraled toward a soybean field.
WSOC-TV in Charlotte reported, citing the Federal Aviation Administration, that the flight originated from Cherry Point, North Carolina, where a Marine Corps air base is located.
Dan Badassare of New Jersey, 20, Sgt.
While it's unknown exactly where this Raider team would have deployed, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion is paired with U.S. Central Command, which means they would have likely gone to the Middle East.
Nonetheless, names of some of the Marines killed in the crash began circulating through news reports.
Other victims include 46-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson, who was based out of Newburgh; 31-year-old Sgt.
"You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around", he said.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant called for prayers for "those hurting after this tragedy".
Joe Murray went to high school in Jacksonville and still has various family members and in-laws in the area, his father said.
MS congressman Steven Palazzo said on Twitter he was "devastated", and offered prayers for the families of the victims.
He also mentioned that he wants the fallen 16 service members to be remembered.