The Lockheed KC-130T involved in the crash, in 2012
|Date||July 10, 2017|
|Site||Leflore County, Mississippi, United States |
|Aircraft type||Lockheed KC-130T Hercules|
|Operator||United States Marine Corps|
|Flight origin||Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina|
|Destination||Naval Air Facility El Centro, California|
On July 10, 2017, a Lockheed KC-130T Hercules aircraft of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) crashed in Leflore County, Mississippi, killing all 16 people on board. The aircraft had the call sign "Yanky 72" and was from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452) based at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York. Debris from the aircraft was found in Leflore County, Mississippi. As of May 2018[update], the incident is still under investigation. The USMC released a statement calling the event a "mishap."
The aircraft involved was a Lockheed KC-130T Hercules tanker/transport of the United States Marine Corps built in 1993, with Bureau Number (BuNo.) 165000. The aircraft was nicknamed Triple Nuts because of the abbreviated number "000" on its nose. The aircraft was initially delivered to the United States Air Force in 1993 and later was transferred to the United States Navy and then assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps. It was damaged on the ground during a storm on 1 June 2004 at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. As a result of the storm, it was flipped onto its port wingtip, damaging a refueling pod. It was quickly repaired and placed back into service.
The aircraft was reported to have broken up at an altitude around 20,000 feet (6,100 m) while en route from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina to Naval Air Facility El Centro in California, before it crashed 85 miles (137 km) north of Jackson, Mississippi, killing all sixteen occupants. Brigadier General Bradley James said immediately after the accident, "Indications are something went wrong at cruise altitude." The aircraft was also reported to have been carrying weapons and ammunition. Debris was spread in a 5-mile (8 km) radius from the crash site and firefighters attending the crash site used 4,000 US gallons (15,000 l) of foam to extinguish the post-crash fire. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft on fire with a smoking engine and descending in a "flat spin". As of July 2018[update], no cause of the accident been released.
Crew and Passenger List
The flight crew from VMGR 452:
Major Caine M. Goyette
Captain Sean E. Elliott
Gunnery Sergeant Mark A. Hopkins
Gunnery Sergeant Brendan C. Johnson
Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Snowden
Sergeant Owen J. Lennon
Sergeant Julian M. Kevianne
Corporal Daniel L. Baldassare
Corporal Collin J. Schaaff
Members of 2nd Raider Battalion that were on board:
Staff Sergeant William J. Kundrat
Staff Sergeant Robert H. Cox
Sergeant Talon R. Leach
Sergeant Chad E. Jenson
Sergeant Joseph J. Murray
Sergeant Dietrich A. Schmieman
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ryan Lohrey
On July 14, 2018 a memorial located near the crash site in Leflore County was dedicated to the fallen. Part of the stretch of U.S. Highway 82 that ran through the crash site was also renamed YANKY 72 Memorial Highway.
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