At least 16 people were killed Monday after a military plane crashed a soybean field in the Mississippi region, he added.
The plane, a KC-130 marine corps, crashed on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Le Flore County, Mississippi, about 85 miles north of Jackson, near Highway 82, authorities said.
Investigators said ABC affiliate ABC Wippx was found on both sides of the road, saying it could indicate the plane exploded into thin air.
Witnesses said they heard a “sizzle” loudly at the time of the accident, which filled the air with large clouds of black smoke and the spread of debris for miles.
Andy Jones, a farmer in the area, said he heard a strong stupidity look and find the plane folded.
“He looked up and saw the plane turn around,” Jones told The Associated Press on Monday night. “Turned down.”
Jones said he ran to the crash site, but the fires burned too intensely for him to approach. He said the impact of the crash was almost crushed the plane and the wreckage spread across Highway 82, which is more than a mile from the crash site.
“It was one of the worst fires imaginable,” Jones said. “The beans are at waist height, and there was not much above the beans.”
Chris Nissen, who shot a video about the aftermath, said there were many small blasts after the initial crash.
“When it crashed, man, that’s all you hear first is that all the munitions exploded,” Nissen told reporters Monday.
The Marine Corps said the flight is from Marine Corps Air Station to Cherry Point, North Carolina
“The identities of service members who lost their lives in this tragic accident are preserved to allow their relatives to be informed,” said Marine Corps said in a statement Tuesday morning. “The cause of the accident is unknown at this time, the incident is being investigated.”
A soldier from the state of Mississippi on the spot told reporters that the plane had been loaded with ammunition.
“There is a lot of ammunition on the plane,” the state official said, according to WLOX. “That’s why we’re recovering too far, we do not know what it’s going to do. It breaks down a bit later, Burns a little more, and then it disappears.”
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called on the public to pray for those who were affected by the incident.
“Come in [my wife] Deborah and I pray for those who suffer after this tragedy,” Bryant wrote in an article on Facebook. “Our men and women in uniform at risk every day to secure our freedom.”