16 dead after military plane crashes in Mississippi

LEFLORE COUNTY, Miss. — Officials say at least 16 people are confirmed dead after a military plane crashed Monday in Mississippi, according to WREG-TV.

Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Greenwood Commonwealth that there were 16 people on board the plane, a Lockheed C-130 military transport aircraft.

The plane originated from Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., CNN reports.

"A USMC KC-130 mishap occurred the evening of July 10," the U.S. Marines confirmed on Twitter. "Further information will be released as available."

The plane crashed in a field near County Road 237 and Highway 82, which is near the Leflore County/Sunflower County line.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant posted on Facebook, "Please join Deborah and me in praying for those hurting after this tragedy. Our men and women in uniform risk themselves every day to secure our freedom."

It's not yet clear what route the plane was flying.

Investigators are still working to locate the other people who were aboard and determine the cause of the crash.