7:30 a.m. update:
President Donald Trump is offering condolences to the families of those who died in a tragic military plane crash in Mississippi.
A U.S. military plane used for refueling crashed into a soybean field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 16 people aboard. The fiery wreckage spread debris for miles.
Trump tweeted early Tuesday, “Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!”
The KC-130 plane was from the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Officials did not release information on what caused the crash.
A military plane has crashed in a soybean field in Leflore County, killing at least 16 and leaving a debris field five miles in radius, officials said.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson said the plane crashed on the Sunflower-Leflore county line.
Leflore County EMA Director Frank Randle confirmed that 16 are dead in the crash.
“Most of them are gonna be Marines,” Sheriff Ricky Banks said. He could not confirm whether there were any civilians on the plane.
A late-night briefing by Randle just before 11 p.m. Monday did not reveal any new details except to say people who are not responders should avoid the area because there is still flammable fuel on the scene…