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6 Marines, 1 sailor from Camp Lejeune killed in plane crash

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ITTA BENA, Miss. -- A military plane that departed from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina crashed Monday in Mississippi's Delta region, killing at least 16 people.

In a news release obtained by WTVD Tuesday afternoon, the Marine Corps said six Marines and a sailor from Camp Lejeune were among the dead.

A Cherry Point spokesperson told WTVD the plane stopped in North Carolina to pick up supplies and personnel. It was a KC-130T from Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron (VMGR) 452, Marine Air Group-49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve based out of New York.

Leflore County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle told reporters at a late Monday briefing that 16 bodies had been recovered after the KC-130 spiraled into the ground about 85 miles north of Jackson in the Mississippi Delta.