Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation is at the scene of the crash.
The aircraft (KC-130) has been in service with the US Air Force and other branches of the military for many decades.The crash of the plane is thus a mystery.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known and the identities of those killed were not immediately released.
" 'Beans are about waist-high, and there wasn't much sticking out above the beans, ' he said". He said his son also watched the plane go down while working on the neighboring farm and explained it was smoking as it descended on to the flat landscape of the delta.
Witnesses reported hearing a loud "crackling" noise at the time of the crash, which filled the air with thick clouds of black smoke and spread debris for miles.
"On behalf of the Marine Corps Reserve, I extend my deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those who perished in last night's tragedy", said Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, commander of Marine Forces Reserve. Details of the cause of the KC-130 plane crash are being investigated.
U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis says the KC-130 that crashed in MS and killed 16 people was from the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.
The fire chief of Greenwood, Marcus Banks, said that the radius of the debris is 5 miles, according to the Greenwood Commonwealth. "This is a tragic reminder of the dangers our servicemembers are confronted with on a daily basis, including the training missions that are needed to help keep our nation safe at home and overseas", Tillis said.
A US Marine Corps Lockheed Martin KC-130 aircraft has crashed in the US state of Mississippi. Photos and videos captured a dramatic scene, as the flattened plane lay shattered in a soybean field near Greenwood, Mississippi.
"Members of the military put their lives on the line every day, and this accident underscores the dangers and risks that they face", Neuhaus added.
Earlier, officials said they had found 12 bodies in the soybean field where the flight crashed and were searching for others.