LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Governor Rick Snyder's office says the state is mourning the deaths of 16 military personnel killed in a plane crash. The Detroit Free Press reports Sgt. Julian Kevianne of Detroit is one of the victims of the KC-130 tanker plane crash in rural Mississippi Monday afternoon. The Governor released the following statement Wednesday morning:
“Michigan is grieving with the nation over the terrible tragedy that claimed the lives of 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman,” Snyder said. “The members of our country's military have made an incredible commitment to our nation, and each and every one of them gives us a reason to be proud. Let us come together as a state and a nation during this difficult time to support and honor our military who have done so much for us and their families as they mourn their losses.”
Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks says federal and local officials are still searching through the soybean fields in rural Mississippi after a military plane crashed, killing 16 people. He said Wednesday that debris from the KC-130 is scattered over 2 to 3 miles and that it likely will take between five and six days to clean up.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement Tuesday on Twitter that law enforcement authorities have received reports that items are being taken from the crash site. The governor asks people to stay away and turn debris over to authorities.
Bryant warned that anyone taking something could be prosecuted.
Banks said people have stopped picking up the debris after the governor's warning.
The disaster Monday afternoon was the deadliest Marine crash anywhere in the world in more than a decade.
The Marine Corps says six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The special forces members and their equipment were headed for pre-deployment training in Yuma, Arizona.
The plane was based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, and officials said some of those killed were from the base.
Military officials continued to withhold the names of the dead, saying they were notifying family members.