A U.S. Marine Corps aircraft carrying fuel crashed Monday afternoon in rural Mississippi, killing all 16 people on board.
— WSOCTV (@wsoctv) July 11, 2017
— The Clarion-Ledger (@clarionledger) July 11, 2017
As the FBI works with state and local authorities to figure out what caused the tragic crash, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other leaders have offered up prayers and condolences for the fallen service members.
Karen & I are praying for the families of the Marines who lost their lives. These Marines will be in our hearts. https://t.co/IQw2JhM1OX
— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 11, 2017
Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2017
Deeply saddened by the loss of life in today's @USMC KC-130 crash in the Mississippi Delta. Our thoughts & prayers are w/everyone involved.
— Senator Thad Cochran (@SenThadCochran) July 11, 2017
Prayers & condolences go out to our Marines & families, friends & loved ones of all affected by yesterday's crash https://t.co/Z8fg2hW8jf
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 11, 2017
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant posted on Facebook late Monday evening, asking followers to join his family in praying for those affected by the horrific incident.
“Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom,” Bryant wrote.