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Marine Corps Aircraft Crashes, Killing 16

Marine Corps Aircraft Crashes, Killing 16

The Marine aircraft that crashed Monday evening was a KC-130T from Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron (VMGR) 452, Marine Air Group-49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve.   The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., as the squadron was supporting a requirement to transport personnel and equipment from there to Naval Air Field El Centro, Calif.  

The crew and passengers consisted of 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman.  Equipment on board included various small arms ammunition and personal weapons.  An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is at the scene as a precaution in the interest of safety.

The identities of the personnel whose lives were lost in this tragic accident are still being withheld to allow time for their loved ones to be notified appropriately. While the details of the incident are being investigated, our focus remains on providing the necessary resources and support to the family and friends of these service members as they go through this extremely difficult time.

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Mike McManus - April 21, 2020

Agreed. Now God has his own MarSoc team. Semper fi

Donald J McKeon - April 21, 2020

Once you sign on the dotted line agreeing to protect your country at the cost of your life, you are in harm’s way from training to combat. God Bless these 16 Marines and Sailor, for giving their lives in service to their country.

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