The identities of 16 servicemen killed in the crash of a KC-130 Hercules refueling jet were revealed. Fifteen marines and one sailor were aboard when the jet crashed into a field in Mississippi.
Nine of the Marines were based in Orange County, New York, and the remaining six Marines and one Navy sailor were based in North Carolina.
The Marines delayed the release of the names after the crash happened on July 10 in order to notify the affected families and give them time to grieve.
The plane originated from Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York. The crew on board was from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, along with Marines from the Newburgh base. They were headed to Naval Air Field in El Centro, California. The purpose of the mission, known as Yanky 72, was simply to transport them and equipment to the California air field. They would then journey to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, via ground transport.
At 4 p.m. air traffic control lost radar contact and the plane went down. No statement on the full cause of the crash is yet available. Previously it was reported that the FBI was involved in the investigation.